When-7:30pm Saturday, March 25th
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.
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-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.