USL: Phoenix Rising season suspended amid coronavirus concerns

Posted at 9:42 AM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 13:25:28-04

PHOENIX — The United Soccer League announced Thursday that play is temporarily suspended due to coronavirus concerns.

The USL released a statement saying:

“It was very clear from our owners that the health and safety of players, fans and staff was their top priority,” USL CEO Alec Papadakis said in a statement.

The 2020 season will be suspended for a minimum of 30 days.

In response, Phoenix Rising also tweeted a statement in regards to the suspension of play.

The USL was just one week into the regular season. The Phoenix Rising were set to play Real Monarch SLC in their first away game and second game of the season Saturday.

It was clear that Phoenix Rising was set for yet another strong season after their dominating 6 - 1 win over Portland Timbers 2 last Saturday at home in front of a crowd of 6,585 fans at Casino Arizona Field.

Newcomer, Rufat Dadashov secured a hat trick in his Phoenix Rising debut game, earning him the spot of USL Player of the Week.

Both Solomon Asante and Dadashov were named to the Team of the Week by the USL after their performances. Asante left the game with one goal, and two assists.

It is unclear as to when the season will resume, stay with ABC15 and CW61 for the latest updates on Phoenix Rising's season.