RIsing FC Could Host USL Title Game

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Could Phoenix Rising FC host one more match in this 2018 season? It’s possible. Two things need to happen for Rising FC to host the USL Championship game. A)Beat Orange County on Saturday night B)Redbulls 2 would need to knock out Louisville in the Eastern Conference Final. It’s this close for Rising FC to have all heck break loose here in Phoenix.
Of course if Rising FC does not get the W on Saturday night, the magical season will come to an end, but i’d say the mission of showing the MLS that Phoenix will support the sport has been accomplished regardless of the outcome…

Here’s another “win” for Rising FC. Friday night home games turned into quite the event on the Valley sports calendar. The matches on Fridays not only produced a 5-0 record, but they also were the 5 highest attendance games for the team. This makes perfect sense to me.
I was in the club soccer space as a dad and husband of a coach for many years. Anyone who thinks that Saturday night home matches are the way to attract soccer families is dead flat wrong. The weekend tourneys always had games on Saturday mornings and afternoons. No way did I feel like going to watch more soccer that night, especially when we would have games on Sunday mornings. Playing home matches on Friday nights is one of the smartest sports business moves in Valley sports…

As of Tuesday, over 400 fans had signed up to take the bus from Phoenix for Saturday nights Western Conference title game at Champions Soccer Stadium in Irvine, California. The stadium holds just 5,000 fans. Those of us in Phoenix know all too well what it’s like to have opposing teams fans crash the party. Make Saturday a Rising FC “Meet Up” in the OC…

Media personality Brad Cesmat first rose to fame in Southern California with the launching of "The Mighty 690" all-sports radio station in the late 1980's and early 90's. Brad came to Arizona in 1993 to begin a 10-year run at KTAR Radio followed by nine years at KTVK-TV in Phoenix. Brad is the Founder/ CEO of Sports360AZ.com. His vision of multi platform content marketing through sports began in September of 2011. Cesmat has served on the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army for the last 18 years. He and his wife Chris have four children.