Sports stats

 Phoenix Rising FC

Rising Falls, 2-1, in Indy to Eleven

May 25, 2024 - United Soccer League Championship (USL)
Phoenix Rising FC News Release

Phoenix Rising FC's Rocco Rios Novo in action
Phoenix Rising FC's Rocco Rios Novo in action
(Phoenix Rising FC)

INDIANIAPOLIS, IN - Phoenix Rising FC (4-5-3) dropped a 2-1 decision to Indy Eleven this afternoon at IU Michael A. Carroll Soccer Stadium.

It was the second match in four days for Rising, which traveled 3,600 miles from Phoenix to Seattle, then Seattle to Indianapolis, and grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute of the match when Erickson Gallardo earned a corner kick. Renzo Zambrano sent a cross to the back post, where it looked like Indy goalkeeper Hunter Sulte would pluck it out of the air, but the pass drifted beyond his reach. Hernandez was there, on the far side of the six-yard box to nod a header between the near post and a defender to give the visitors an early lead.

Indy fired back in the 26th minute, when Jack Blake was awarded a penalty kick after coming together with Zambrano in the box. Blake stepped up to take the kick, waiting for Rocco Rios Novo to move to his left before smacking a shot high down the center of the goal to bring the score to 1-1.

Rising head coach Danny Stone made two changes at halftime, bringing on Remi Cabral and Fede Varela for the second half after the two started Wednesday's match in Seattle. Cabral needed 14 minutes to settle into the match before connecting with Zambrano to test Sulte at the near post. Sulte was up to the task, coming off his line to block the shot out for a Phoenix corner kick in the 59th minute.

Indy took a 2-1 lead in the 64th minute after they earned a free kick just outside the box. Blake took the set piece, firing a hard shot directly into the wall of players in front of him. Somehow, the shot found a hole in the wall and passed through clear, zipping past the left should of Rios Novo.

Varela had the best chance for Phoenix to equalize with a headed shot towards the back post in the 89th minute but Sulte reacted well, recovering to make a diving save to his left side to preserve the 2-1 win for Indy.


PHX - Jose Andres Hernandez (caution) 27

PHX - JP Scearce (caution) 32

IE - Cameron Lindley (caution) 41

IE - Yones Boudadi (caution) 45+2

PHX - Laurence Wyke (caution) 50

IE - Jack Blake (caution) 57

PHX - Rocco Rios Novo (caution) 62

IE - Ethan O'Brien (caution) 90


PHX - Jose Andres Hernandez (Renzo Zambrano) 19

IE - Jack Blake (PK) 26

IE - Jack Blake 64

Phoenix Rising FC - Rocco Rios Novo, Laurence Wyke, Pape Mar Boye (Edguardo Rito 78), Alejandro Fuenmayor, Erickson Gallardo, JC Azocar (Gabi Torres 68), Jose Andres Hernandez (Panos Armenakas 68), Renzo Zambrano, Emil Cuello (Fede Varela 46), Ryan Flood (Remi Cabral 46), JP Scearce.

Substitutes Not Used: Patrick Rakovsky, John Stenberg.

Indy Eleven - Hunter Sulte, Aedan Stanley, Adrian Diz Pe, Josh O'Brien, Ben Ofeimu, Yones Boudadi (Ben Mines 61), Cameron Lindley (Tyler Gibson 61), Jack Blake (Ethan O'Brien 82), Sebastian Guenzatti (Laurence Wootton 72), Augustine Williams (, Elliot Collier 61), Douglas Martinez.

Substitutes Not Used: Yannik Oettl, Max Schneider.

Images from this story

Phoenix Rising FC's Rocco Rios Novo in action
Phoenix Rising FC's Rocco Rios Novo in action


• Discuss this story on the United Soccer League Championship message board...

United Soccer League Championship Stories from May 25, 2024

The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.

Other Recent Phoenix Rising FC Stories

Sports Statistics from the Stats Crew
OurSports Central