When-7:30pm Saturday, March 25th
Where-Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex, located near the intersection of the 101 and 202 highways, north of the 202 loop and east of McClintock Drive in South Scottsdale.
This will be the first regular season match for the Rising FC. Not much is left from the previous roster so chemistry will likely be a challenge early in the year. Head coach Frank Yallop has brought in several high-profile players to bolster a roster that missed the playoffs in 2016. Forward Chris Cortez, Captain/midfielder Blair Gavin, defender Peter Ramage, midfielder Luke Rooney and keeper Carl Woszczynski are the most familiar hold-overs and provide a solid nucleus.
Much has been made about two of the new faces brought in.
-Omar Bravo-2013-2016-37 year old striker, Appeared in 84 matches for Liga MX Side Chivas, scoring 24 goals.
-Shaun Wright-Phillips-2015-2016: Appeared in 19 matches for MLS side New York Red Bulls.
Toronto FC ll
-First match of the 2017 regular season
-TFC II went 2-1-0 in preseason action this year. The team defeated both Guelph University and Ottawa Fury FC, before falling to the Rochester Rhinos 3-1 last weekend.
-TFC II could be without some key squad members for Saturday’s opener. A number of players were with Toronto FC III participating in the Viareggio Tournament and may not be available for the trip to Arizona.