Ghanaian winger – Solomon Asante did not just sit down to watch history made before his very eyes, but was chiefly involved as he provided the most important assist that fetched Phoenix Rising FC their first ever away win over Sacramento Republic FC at the Heart Health Park on Saturday.
After a goalless first half draw, the marauding Ghanaian attacker chanced upon a loose ball in the box as Sacramento goalkeeper T. Gomez parried away a goal bound shot from his goal line, drifted the ball back into play and located the unmarked Santi Moar to find the back of the net.
PRFC coach Rick Schantz was full of praise for his team having kept their first clean sheet in the 2021 USL Championship campaign:
“The win is fantastic, but more importantly, we showed that we can go on the road and we can fight games out and we were tough.
“I thought the boys respected the game plan, they trusted us.
The last time Phoenix Rising scored a goal at Heart Health Park was in 2014 when they were still known as Arizona United SC.
The win gives Phoenix 12 points out of 15 in the first month of the season and keeps PRFC atop both the Pacific Division and Western Conference tables.
Phoenix Rising returns home to host San Diego Loyal SC on June 5 at the new stadium at Wild Horse Pass which will be at 100% capacity for the first time.