|Full name||Phoenix Rising Football Club|
|Founded||March 13, 2014 as Arizona United SC|
|Stadium|| Casino Arizona Field |
|Head Coach||Rick Schantz|
|2019||1st, Western Conference|
Playoffs: Conference Semifinals
|Active teams of Phoenix Rising FC|
Phoenix Rising Football Club is an American professional soccer team based in Phoenix, Arizona. Founded in 2014 as Arizona United Soccer Club, the team is a member of the USL Championship, the second tier of the American soccer league system.
On March 13, 2014, Kyle Eng, owner of an advertising agency, launched the franchise and named it Arizona United SC. It took the place of Phoenix FC, which folded the previous day, in the USL Pro league.
In just 178 days after the franchise was awarded by the USL Pro, Arizona United hired a front office staff and coach, put together a roster, secured a stadium, played 28 regular season games, reached the fourth round of the US Open Cup and was in contention for a playoff spot until the next-to-last week of the season.
University of Maryland Assistant Coach Michael Dellorusso was named Head Coach on March 28, 2014.United lost their first game to Oklahoma City Energy FC 4–0 on April 12, 2014. They defeated Sacramento Republic FC 2–1 for their first win on April 19, 2014. Brandon Swartzendruber scored the team's first ever goal in the 37th minute. FC Dallas loanee Jonathan Top scored the game winner in the 85th minute.
United won four of their last five games to move up from 13th place to 9th, but fell four points short of qualifying for the playoffs. Jonathan Top and ex-Orlando City standout Long Tan led the team in scoring with five goals each. Tan was also selected for the All-League Second Team.Goalkeeper Evan Newton was second in the league in saves. United finished with a 10–13–5 record.
In their first US Open Cup appearance, Arizona United lasted until the fourth round, the longest Open Cup run of any Arizona club. Entering the tournament in the second round, United defeated Portland Timbers U23s of the PDL 3–2 in Portland on May 13. They were losing 2–1 late in the game when London Woodberry tied the game in the 88th minute and Daniel Antúnez scored the winning goal with seconds left in stoppage time.In the third round, United defeated Oklahoma City Energy FC of USL Pro 2–1 in extra time May 28 at the Peoria Sports Complex. The game winner was scored by Bradlee Baladez in the 112th Minute and Evan Newton saved a last minute penalty kick awarded to the Energy. Their Open Cup run ended with a 2–1 loss to the eventual MLS Cup champion LA Galaxy at home on June 18. Gyasi Zardes scored two goals in the second half two minutes apart after Matt Kassel gave United a 1–0 lead at halftime.
Arizona United signed a one-year agreement to play their home games at Scottsdale Stadium on December 16, 2014.United signed a one-year affiliation agreement with FC Dallas on February 9, 2015. United finished 10th in the Western Conference with a 10–16–2 record. Goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski set a USL record with 130 saves. Long Tan again led the team with 14 goals, which was tied for 4th in the league with Luke Vercollone. Tan was also selected for the USL All-League First Team. On September 25, the club declined to extend the contract of Head Coach Michael Dellorusso.
Brett M. Johnson, founder and CEO of Benevolent Capital and Managing Director of Zealot Networks, purchased a minority share of the team. He was named Co-Chairman and President of Arizona United on December 9, 2015.Frank Yallop, who coached the San Jose Earthquakes to MLS Cup championships in 2001 & 2003, was signed to a three-year contract as Head Coach and President of Soccer Operations on December 23, 2015. An investment group of music artists and executives led by Grammy Award winning DJ, record producer and rapper/songwriter Diplo purchased a minority stake in Arizona United on January 27, 2016. Scottsdale Stadium did not renew their lease with United and the team signed a three-year lease with their original stadium, Peoria Sports Complex, on January 26, 2016. Pete Wentz, bassist for the rock group Fall Out Boy, purchased a minority share on April 11, 2016.
On August 31, 2016, team founder Kyle Eng sold his majority share to an investment group led by Berke Bakay, President and CEO of Kona Grill.On November 28, 2016, the team was rebranded Phoenix Rising FC by the new ownership.
On March 25, 2017, A record crowd of 6,890 attended Rising FC's first game of 2017 at their new Phoenix Rising FC Soccer Complex, a soccer-specific stadium and training facility built on the Salt River Pima–Maricopa Indian Community near Tempe. They lost to Toronto FC II 1–0.They defeated LA Galaxy II 2–1 for their first win at the complex and as Rising FC on April 8.
The 2017 season started with three major signings. Guadalajara's all-time leading scorer Omar Bravo was signed on February 9.Shaun Wright-Phillips, who played for Manchester City, Chelsea, New York Red Bulls and the English national team, was signed on February 24. Former Chelsea player and Ivory Coast leading goalscorer Didier Drogba was signed on April 12. He also purchased an ownership stake in the club.
Another record crowd of 7,126 welcomed Drogba to the "Valley of the Sun," as Greater Phoenix is sometimes known, and Phoenix Rising FC defeated the Swope Park Rangers 4–3 on April 23.Frank Yallop resigned as Director of Soccer Operations and Head Coach on April 24, 2017 for family reasons. Assistant Coach Rick Schantz was named Interim Head Coach. Former Ligue 1 and Mali national team coach Patrice Carteron was named Rising FC Head Coach on May 22, 2017.
In the second half of the season, the Rising won 11 games, tied 3 and lost only one. This included 11 straight games without a loss with a five game winning streak, both team records. Jason Johnson lead the team with 13 goals. Didier Drogba scored 9 goals, even though he was out for a few weeks with a groin injury. During the unbeaten streak, goalkeeper Josh Cohen earned 6 shutouts in 8 games, which gave him the USL Player of the Month award for September.
The Rising clinched their first ever playoff berth by defeating the Portland Timbers 2 on September 27 by a 2–0 score. Their record was 17 wins, 8 losses and 7 ties, earning them 5th place in the Western Conference. A penalty kick shootout won by Swope Park Rangers eliminated Phoenix after playing to a 1–1 tie. The game was interrupted by lightning and heavy rains after the first half, so the second half was played the following day.
Phoenix Rising FC purchased FC Tucson of the Premier Development League, now known as USL League Two, on October 11, 2017. FC Tucson serves as Rising FC's USL 2 affiliate.
Advantage Sports Union Ltd., led by Alex Zheng, purchased a share of Phoenix Rising on February 10, 2018 to bolster its MLS bid.
Phoenix Rising FC concluded an international cooperation agreement with Galatasaray SK of Turkey on April 5, 2019. The partnership includes cooperation on soccer operations, commercial projects, discovery and training of youth soccer players, international exhibition matches, tournaments and training programs for coaches and players.
From May 5 to September 14, 2019, Phoenix Rising FC won 20 consecutive matches—setting a League and North American record for the longest winning streak.The streak ran parallel with another streak of home wins during the club's "Dollar Beer Night" promotion, which dates back to 2017. The streak came to an end on September 21 with a 2-1 loss to Fresno FC. Rising FC earned the USL Championship Regular Season Title on September 28 after playing New Mexico United to a 2-2 draw.
Phoenix Rising FC's official colors are red, black, white, gold and grey.
|Seasons||Kit Manufacturer||Kit Sponsor|
|2014||Front: Abrazo Health Care |
Secondary: Nationwide Vision
|2015||Front: Dignity Health |
Back: NuAquos Sports Drink
Secondary: Nationwide Vision; TexasHoldEm.com
|2016||Front: Food City|
|2017||Front: Mad Decent |
Secondary: Mayo Clinic
|2018–present||Front: Carvana |
Secondary: Mayo Clinic
Phoenix Rising called the Peoria Sports Complex home during the 2014 and 2016 seasons. They played at Scottsdale Stadium during the 2015 season. In 2017, a soccer-specific stadium was constructed, the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex, in time for the 2017 season.On March 15, 2019, Casino Arizona signed a sponsorship deal with Rising FC, including naming rights to the stadium. It was renamed Casino Arizona Field.
Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of March 6, 2020.
|3||Defender||A. J. Cochran|
|18||Goalkeeper||Eric Dick (on loan from Sporting Kansas City)|
|22||Goalkeeper||Landon Carter( [A] )|
|70||Forward||Lagos Kunga (on loan from Atlanta United)|
|Front Office Staff|
|USL Governor||Berke Bakay|
|Co-Chairman & Alternate USL Governor||Brett M Johnson|
|General Manager||Bobby Dulle|
|Director of Soccer Development||Steve Cooke|
|Vice President of Marketing and Sales||Vacant|
|Director of Box Office Operations||Judy Kirk|
|Finance Manager||Anna Duarte|
|Media Relations / Communications||H. Jose Bosch|
|Financial Consultant||Chris Casalena|
|Operations Manager||Annie Marum|
|Premium and Partnership Sales Manager||Joey Castor|
|Premium and Partnership Sales Executive||Hannah Nieman|
|Director of Site Operations||Ed Alameda|
|Sales Manager||Kelsi Darr|
|Senior Account Executive||Dylan Cambareri|
|Service & Ticket Sales Coordinator||Cali Cox|
|Sales Lead||Bryan Kim|
|Outbound Sales Executive||Cort Wolleat|
|Creative Service Manager||Mike Levario|
|Manager of Site Operations||Kevin Beck|
|Group Sales Executive||Jacob Rabbito|
|Head Coach||Rick Schantz|
|Assistant Coach||Blair Gavin|
|Assistant Coach||Peter Ramage|
|Goalkeeping Coach & Team Administrator||Cory Robertson|
|Head Athletic Trainer||Brennen Hodge|
|Assistant Athletic Trainer||Steven Upham|
|Sports Performance Director||Steve Fell|
|Team Doctor||Dr. Anikar Chhabra|
|Physical Therapist||Matt Midkiff|
|Arizona United SC|
|Season||USL Championship||Play-offs||U.S. Open Cup||Top Scorer 2||Head Coach||Team Captain(s)|
|Phoenix Rising FC|
|2017||32||17||8||7||50||37||58||5th, Western||Conference Quarterfinals||3R||13|
|2019||34||24||4||6||89||36||78||1st, Western||Conference Semifinals||2R||22|
USLC Coach of the Year
^ 1. Deducted two points for fielding an ineligible player.
^ 2. Top Scorer includes statistics from league matches only.
|Michael Dellorusso||March 28, 2014||September 25, 2015||60||22||31||7||36.67|
|Frank Yallop||December 23, 2015||April 24, 2017||36||12||17||7||33.33|
|Rick Schantz (Interim)||April 24, 2017||May 21, 2017||7||3||4||0||42.86|
|Patrice Carteron||May 22, 2017||June 12, 2018||39||20||8||11||51.28|
|Rick Schantz (Interim)||June 12, 2018||November 13, 2018||24||15||7||2||62.50|
|Rick Schantz||November 14, 2018||Present||38||26||6||6||68.42|
|290||La Liga 2||41.3|
Last updated: March 9, 2020
|2014||Long Tan||Forward||All-League Second Team|
|2015||Long Tan||Forward||All-League First Team|
|2018||Solomon Asante||Forward||All-League First Team|
|2019||Solomon Asante||Forward||Most Valuable Player |
Golden Boot Winner
All-League First Team
|Adam Jahn||Forward||All-League First Team|
|A.J. Cochran||Defender||All-League Second Team|
|Zac Lubin||Goalkeeper||All-League Second Team|
Most consecutive wins by a North American professional soccer club: (20 games / May 10, 2019 - September 14, 2019)
Most Points - 78 (2019)
Most Wins - 24 (2019)
Most Goals - 89 (2019)
Goals Per Game - 2.62 (2019)
Assists (season) - Solomon Asante 17 (2019)
Saves (season) - Carl Woszczynski 130 (2015)
KASW-61, The CW affiliate in Phoenix, signed a deal to broadcast 35 Phoenix Rising games including every USL Championship match home and away, starting in 2019.Games are also streamed live on ESPN3. Josh Eastern does play-by-play and Devon Kerr provides analysis. The Rising Halftime Show is produced by KASW's sister station KNXV-15 and is hosted by Craig Fouhy.
Arizona Sports 98.7 FM is the radio / digital station for Rising FC broadcasts.
In previous seasons, games were broadcast on YouTube.
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