Rising Recap – Rising awarded USL Championship regular-season title trophy, take momentum into playoffs

Jesse Milioto- Videographer and Cynthia Tapia - Video Producer and Talent


Jesse Milioto

Rising players celebrate as they receive the USL regular-season title trophy Friday night

Ole Olafson, Reporter

Phoenix Rising capped off a wildly successful regular season when they received the 2019 USL Championship regular-season title trophy on their wildly successful “$1 Beer Night”.

The USL League Champion Rising finished the season strong with a 3-1 victory over OKC Energy and the all-time USL single season records for points (76) and wins (24).

On Friday night, Phoenix hosted #15 OKC Energy in a game with no playoff implications, but a chance to take momentum heading into the post season.

Striker, Adam Jahn opened the scoring with an assist from Solomon Asante, just six minutes after Asante missed a penalty kick.  The assist was Asante’s  17th of the season, another USL single season record by a Rising player this season.

Phoenix Midfielder Kevon Lambert made it 2-0 in the 32’ with an assist by Jon Bakero.

Adam Jahn scored a brace of goals Friday night when he netted his 2nd of the evening in the 69’.  The assist went to A.J. Cochran — the goal extended Rising’s lead 3-0 late in the match.

Energy striker Deshorn Brown spoiled the shutout for Rising goalkeeper Zac Lubin when he scored four minutes later.

Jacob Anderson, Rising’s beat reporter for AZ Sports 98.7 tweeted that members of the team are playing better than they have all season.

Phoenix plays its first round playoff game on October 26 at 7:30 at Casino Arizona Field.