Phoenix Rising play to 2-2 draw at home against Oakland Roots

Manuel Arteaga ties game with last minute goal


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The South End Zone erupts into celebration after Manuel Arteaga’s 89th minute goal

Hannah Hamilton, Reporter

Phoenix Rising came from behind in the final moments of the match to tie Oakland Roots 2-2 Saturday night at 38th St/Washington.

The draw was enough to halt the team’s two-game skid.

On May 26, Rising fell 1-0 to Las Vegas Lights at home and then lost again on the road in Pennsylvania, when they fell to Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC by the same score last Saturday.

Phoenix came into the game ranked No. 8 in the USL Western Conference standings while Oakland stood three spots ahead at No. 5.

Just after the game kicked off, Rising defender and fan favorite Kevon Lambert got a shot on goal but it nailed the cross bar and play continued.

Four minutes later, it was Oakland with the counterattack as they made their way down the field and forward Dariusz Formella finished the run with a goal.

Near the 24th minute, Rising fans were frustrated again, when forward Danny Trejo made his way directly in front of the goal and chose to pass the ball away instead of shooting.

In a game that seemed hopeless in the first half, Phoenix eventually gave the crowd something to cheer about in the 58th minute, when Danny Trejo made his way through Oakland defenders and laid a clean pass off to midfielder Federico Varela for Rising’s first goal in two games.

Less than 10 minutes later, Oakland would counterattack once again, to score a goal in the 66th minute, when Lindo Mfeka beat Rising goalkeeper Rocco Rios Novo in one-on-one to retake the lead 2-1.

Frustration mounted again when Rising defender Baboucarr Njie was seemingly pulled to the ground in the box, but there was no call.

Phoenix appeared to be trying to match Oaklands physicality, but unfortunately, seemed to be getting called for fouls every time they did.

Phoenix head coach Juan Guerra commented about the officiating after the game.

“I’ve watched pretty much so many games in this league… I’ve watched hours and hours and it’s not just us—I don’t know why other teams get the calls and we don’t, especially when we’re at home,” said Guerra.

Not long after Rising subbed in forward Manuel Arteaga for the initial goal scorer Varela, he registered a goal of his own, his sixth of the season, when he swept through the goal box in dramatic fashion during the 89th minute and swiftly sent a corner kick to the back of the net.

Despite playing another six minutes of stoppage time, neither team could fashion another goal, giving Rising their fourth tie of the season.

Phoenix will look to secure a win at home next Saturday when they face Louisville City FC on June 17 at 7:30 p.m.