Phoenix Rising FC

Rising Wins 1-0 vs. Colorado Springs

April 14, 2024 - United Soccer League Championship (USL)
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PHOENIX, Arizona (Saturday, April 13) - Phoenix Rising FC (2-3-1) picked up a 1-0 win vs. Colorado Springs tonight in front of 6,277 fans at Phoenix Rising Stadium.

Rising is back in action at home again next week vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (0-3-2) at 7:30 p.m.

Tonight, Mo Traore came free on Phoenix's left side in the eighth minute of the match and played a perfect cross into the center of the box for Fede Varela to redirect on goal with a first touch volley. Fortunately for Colorado, goalkeeper Christian Herrera was in perfect position to make the save and keep the math tied, 0-0.

Varela popped free in the box a second time in the 34th minute after Dariusz Formella found him with an entry pass from the left side. The ball hopped up on Varela but the Argentine volleyed a shot on target. Seconds later, Gabi Torres found Remi Cabral with a headed pass, but the forward's first-touch attempt skipped wide of the post to Herrera's left side.

Cabral took a pass from Formella at midfield and sped away from his marker in the 42nd minute. Cutting across the center of the field, Cabral tried to pick out the top corner of the goal, but the pass ricocheted off the outside of the post.

Laurence Wyke set up Formella at the back post in the 57th minute. Dribbling on Phoenix's right flank, Wyke cut back and delivered a cross that Formella chested down and hit on target but once again Herrera was in position to make the save.

Herrera made his sixth save of the match on a hard shot by Formella in the 64th minute. Renzo Zambrano set up the chance.

Stenberg broke through for Rising in the 71st minute after a corner kick was hammered back into the box by Zambrano. The loose ball fell to Stenberg and the Captain hammered a shot into the top corner of the goal from close range to give Phoenix the 1-0 win.


PHX - John Stenberg 71


PHX - Gio Doratiotto (caution) 5

PHX - Mo Traore (caution) 21

PHX - Gabi Torres (caution) 55

COS - Alex Andreson (caution) 88

PHX - Jose Andres Hernandez (caution) 90+2


Phoenix Rising FC - Rocco Rios Novo, Laurence Wyke, John Stenberg, Pape Mar Boye, Mo Traore, Gabi Torres (Erickson Gallardo 69), Fede Varela (Panos Armenakas 69), Gio Doratiotto (Jose Andres Hernandez 46), Renzo Zambrano, Remi Cabral (Edguardo Rito 90+5), Dariusz Formella (Alejandro Fuenmayor 87).

Substitutes Not Used: Patrick Rakovsky, JC Azocar, Odle, Veloria.

Colorado Switchbacks FC - Christian Herrera, Duke Lacroix, Matt Mahoney, Speedy Williams, Juan Tejada (Alex Andreson 81), Tyreek Magee (Ronaldo Damus 61), Zach Zandi (Aidan Rocha 81), Wahab Ackwei, Koa Santos, Quenzi Huerman (Jairo Henriquez 61), Yosuke Hanya (Steve Echeverria 88).

Substitutes Not Used: Delentz Pierre, Joe Rice.

About Phoenix Rising FC

Phoenix Rising FC is the highest-level professional soccer franchise in Arizona history. Established in 2016, the club won the 2023 USL Championship as well as the 2023, 2020 and 2018 Western Conference Titles. Rising won USL Championship's 2019 Regular Season Title and holds the record for the longest win streak in American professional soccer history (20 matches). It is owned by legendary Chelsea and Ivory Coast striker, Didier Drogba, Advantage Sports Union CEO, Alex Zheng, club chairman Berke Bakay and an impressive collection of local business leaders and international celebrities.

Phoenix Rising FC plays in the USL Championship. For season tickets or more information call 623-594-9606 or visit You can also follow the team on Facebook (PHXRisingFC), Twitter (@PHXRisingFC), Instagram (@PHXRisingFC) and YouTube (PhoenixRisingFootballClub) or by downloading the Official Team App in the App Store or Google Play.

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