PHOENIX (June 6, 2018) — Phoenix Rising FC will cap a three-game road stretch Saturday night, when it faces Sacramento Republic FC at Papa Murphy’s Park. Phoenix Rising FC (7-3-3) snapped a mini two-game skid in a big way its last time out, smashing Saint Louis FC 3-1 behind a trio of spectacular goals from Chris Cortez, Solomon Asante and Jason Johnson. Asante and Cortez scored on strikes from outside the box while Johnson’s goal was a culmination of a nine-pass build up attack.
The win kept Phoenix Rising in second place in the Western Conference for a fourth straight week and ahead of Sacramento on goal difference. Rising FC is off to its best start to a season in club history with 24 points in 13 matches, breaking the previous record for most points through 13 games (19 points, set in 2015). Phoenix Rising also leads all of USL in goals scored (26) and shots attempted (212) and is second in the Western Conference in goal differential (+11).
Sacramento Republic FC (7-3-3) have been up-and-down in recent weeks. The club was victorious in its last match, a 1-0 win over Orange County SC, but has not picked up points in consecutive games since April 28. Forward Cameron Iwasa leads Republic FC with five goals this season, the only player on its roster with more than two tallies. The Republic recorded a 2-1 win Wednesday night against MLS side Seattle Sounders in the 4th Round of the US Open Cup.
This week, Phoenix Rising FC coach Patrice Carteron can make history and break the club’s all-time coaching wins record. Carteron is currently tied with former coach Dellorusso with 20 wins in all competitions with the club.
Saturday will be the second meeting between the two clubs this year (Sacramento won 3-1 back on May 19) and the 12th meeting all-time. Phoenix Rising trails in the series 2-6-3.
The match kicks off at 8:00 p.m. and fans can watch locally on Yurview Arizona, Cox channels 4&1004 in Phoenix and 7&1007 in Tucson. They can also stream the match on ESPN+. The match will also be simulcast live on the radio on El Patron 93.7 FM (Spanish language) and Fox Sports 910 AM (English).
Fans can also attend one of two official club watch parties that will be hosted at Tim Finnegan’s Irish Bar and Grill (17045 N. 59th Avenue #103, Glendale) and Valle Luna (1949 W. Ray Road, Chandler).
Game 14 – Phoenix Rising FC at Sacramento Republic FC
Date: Saturday, June 9
Kickoff: 8:00 p.m.
Stadium: Papa Murphy’s Park (Sacramento, California)
Phoenix Rising FC: 7-3-3, 24 pts,
Sacramento Republic FC: 7-3-3, 24 pts
Hashtags: #RisingAsOne, #SACvPHX