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TFC II Earns Win on Rising FC’s Record Night
By NICHOLAS MURRAY -, 03/26/17, 12:37AM EDT 

Club-record crowd of 6,890 fans on hand as Phoenix enters new era 

PHOENIX – A Phoenix Rising FC club-record crowd of 6,890 fans saw an early goal 
by Ryan Telfer prove the difference as Toronto FC II took a 1-0 victory at the 
Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex in the venue’s grand opening on Saturday night. 
The visitors grabbed the lead early as a through-ball by Jay Chapman slid 
Ben Spencer into the left side of the penalty area, and his low cross was 
tucked home by Telfer for his first professional goal. TFC II had the better 
of possession during the first half, although Phoenix’s Mike Seth had a chance 
to equalize in the 33rd minute that went high, as the visitors carried their 
lead to the break. Rising FC got onto the front foot to start the second half, 
and Toronto goalkeeper Mark Pais made a save to deny Víctor Vásquez an equalizer. 
Toronto’s Raheem Edwards almost doubled his side’s lead with 14 minutes to go, 
forcing Rising FC goalkeeper Josh Cohen into a big save at his near post from 
the left side of the penalty area. Phoenix had a golden opportunity to equalize 
with three minutes to go when Jason Johnson’s header went wide of the right post 
after a darting run and cross from the left by Alessandro Riggi, but TFC II held 
on to take a big three points to start the season.

 8’ – TOR – Ryan Telfer (Ben Spencer)

Three Things That Matter:

•1. Entering a big occasion, against a veteran side that wanted to get its club’s 
new era off to a successful start, Toronto FC II didn’t get overawed by the 
occasion as an early goal allowed the side to settle in and find a passing rhythm 
it was able to maintain for much of the evening. The trio of Marky Delgado, 
Brian James and Jay Chapman helped dictate the play as the visitors recorded 
held the edge in possession, and were able to come away with a valuable 
three points.

•2. Rising FC didn’t get the result it had hoped for in the grand unveiling 
of the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex, but there were plenty of positives for 
the side to take away from the game, led by the performance of midfielder 
Matt Watson. Acting as the lone holding midfielder, Watson won possession 
well in different areas of the field, and linked up play to get Phoenix onto 
the front foot. As with the team as a whole, the final pass will need to be 
sharper moving forward, but Rising FC’s metronome showed the quality he brings 
to the squad in his Phoenix debut.

•3. The result aside, the night could not have been a bigger success off the 
field for Phoenix Rising FC as it introduced itself to the region’s soccer 
community with the highest attendance in the club’s history. The club’s 
two major offseason additions in Omar Bravo and Shaun Wright-Phillips both 
put in full 90-minute shifts as they looked to do their part on the field, 
but the biggest star of the night was the new stadium itself that was packed 
to the tune of 6,890 fans. Rising FC’s new home will likely see its first 
victory soon, and kick off a major celebration for the club’s supporters, 
old and new. Man of the Match

Jay Chapman, Toronto FC II – The talented young Canadian midfielder provided 
a great platform for his teammates to build on, completing 82 percent of his 
passes overall, and helping set up the game-winning goal.

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