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USL Match Preview – #PHXvCOS

By Staff, 07/14/17, 9:17AM EDT


Rising FC looks to get back in win column, hosts Switchbacks

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.

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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.

Series Notes

  • This is the first meeting between the teams this season, with the Switchbacks having taken victory in all four previous meetings.


  • 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



  • AR1: Paul Nothman

  • AR2: Bennett Savage

  • 4TH: Jason Ulrich

Game hashtag:

  • #PHXvCOS

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