PHOENIX – Phoenix Rising FC will look to end a streak of four consecutive draws when it plays host to a Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC side that sits five points ahead of it in the Western Conference standings. Kickoff at the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex is set for 8 p.m. PT.
Phoenix Rising FC news and notes
Current record: 5-5-4, 19pts
Rising FC grabbed a late 1-1 draw with Orange County SC last Saturday evening as Didier Drogba scored late in stoppage time on a free kick.
Phoenix has gone 1-0-4 since the start of new Head Coach Patrice Carteron’s tenure, which has left the team sitting three points out of the top eight in the Western Conference.
Drogba’s goal was his fourth of the season, which moved him into the team-lead after five appearances for Rising FC.
The club’s current five-game undefeated streak is the longest in its history.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC news and notes
Current record: 6-6-6, 24pts
The rallied to earn a 2-2 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 last Saturday night at Weidner Field after trailing by two goals at the halftime break.
Masta Kacher and Kevaughn Frater scored for the Switchbacks, who enter the weekend in sixth place in the Western Conference standings.
Frater sits 10th in the USL with 34 shots this season, and sits second to Kacher on the team with four goals to the Canadian’s five tallies.
Goalkeeper Moise Pouaty currently sits second in the USL with 51 saves this season, but has a save percentage of only .689.
Phoenix – GK: Carl Woszczynski, Josh Cohen, Nolan Wirth; D: Eder Arreola, Jordan Gibbons, Brock Granger, Amadou Dia, J.J. Greer, A.J. Grey, Peter Ramage, Kody Wakasa, Victor Vasquez, Jordan Stewart, Uchenna Uzo; M: Alessandro Riggi, Eric Avila, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Romilio Hernandez, Blair Gavin, Miguel Timm, Matt Watson; F: Mike Seth, Jason Johnson, Matthew Hurlow, Chris Cortez, Omar Bravo, Didier Drogba
Colorado Springs – GK: John Berner, Justin Luthy, Dan Jackson, Moise Pouaty; D: Josh Phillips, Pascal Eboussi, Josh Suggs, Davy Armstrong, Diego Gutierrez, Sean McFarlane, Kortne Ford, Conner Bevans, Jordan Burt; M: Luke Vercollone, Eddy Prugh, Rony Argueta, Jake Cawsey, Sam Hamilton, Ricardo Perez, Chris James, Taesong Kim; F: Jun Gyeong Park, Masta Kacher, Kevaughn Frater, Aaron King, Shane Malcolm, Jack Jones
Phoenix – Accumulation warning: Omar Bravo, J.J. Greer
Colorado Springs – Accumulation warning: Kevaughn Frater
REF: DANIEL RADFORD
AR1: Paul Nothman
AR2: Bennett Savage
4TH: Jason Ulrich
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