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Phoenix Area Opening Days

// February 24th, 2017 // No Comments » // NPSL, USL

Opening Day for Phoenix area’s USL and NPSL teams …


  • FC Arizona(NPSL) – March 4 v Real San Jose – John D. Riggs Stadium (Mesa Community College)

  • Phoenix Rising FC(USL) – March 25 v TFC II – Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex


  • Elsewhere in Arizona


  • Five ‘brothers’ from RSL-AZ boost U.S. U-20 World Cup qualifying campaign


  • Phoenix Rising FC to MLS?

    // January 27th, 2017 // No Comments » // Major League Soccer

    I would be remiss if I didn’t post what you already know.


    The boys from Phoenix Rising FC have thrown that hat into the ring to be one of the next 2 MLS expansion teams, to be announced later in 2017.

  • MLS invites Phoenix group to make expansion application

  • USL and D2

    // December 5th, 2016 // No Comments » // Pro Soccer in Phoenix, USL

      With all the chatter going on about the fate of NASL and USL’s petition to become the 2nd division, here are some thiings that need to be known. Below are some of the most important guidelines set by USSF in 2010 for a league to attain and maintain D2 status.
    • Must start with a minimum of eight teams and have 12 by its sixth season.
    • Three-quarters of its teams must play in metro areas of at least 750,000 people
    • They all have to be in stadiums seating at least 5,000 fans
    • Each club’s principal owner must have a net worth of $20 million.
    MLSPR shirt
      Phoenix Rising FC certainly meets #2 and #3(with the announcement of their new facility’s plans). As to #4, that’s something I don’t know. Here is a link to the page with Phoenix Rising FC’s ownership. Phoenix Rising FC Staff and Ownership Page
      As for the rest of the teams in USL, Brian Straus’ article has this report…“U.S. Soccer has been auditing USL clubs this year to ensure they comply, and sources tell SI.com that the league is confident that meeting a sufficient number of D2 standards isn’t an issue.”. The article is worth a read about the current drama playing out over D2.

    Ooops not Phoenix Rising FC

    // December 2nd, 2016 // No Comments » // La Furia Roja, Local Teams, Pro Soccer in Phoenix, USL

      Well I guess all of you who landed here are looking for the website of the newly rebranded Phoenix Rising FC. Sorry, for that site go to Phoenix Rising FC.
      MLS Phoenix Rising began as a supporters group in 2007 with the goal of creating a sufficient soccer culture in Phoenix to attract investors that would bring professional(MLS) soccer to the area. The group grew to having a mail list of over 500 local soccer fans. We lived through several attempts to bring pro footie to the Valley, including the efforts of Dana Gagnon, AZ Tuzos(never made it to the pitch), Phoenix Monsoon(played indoor), and finally Phoenix FC(USL) who was severely underfunded and after one season lost its franchise rights. Those rights were picked up by Kyle Eng and Arizona UTD carried the Phoenix torch in USL. And now with new ownship Arizona UTD has been rebranded as Phoenix Rising FC.
    MLSPR shirt


    NO, this is not the shirt for the newly branded USL team. We had these made back in ’07.

    MLSPR trip to Chivas USA


    This pic is when we took a road trip to a ChivasUSA match.

      The roller coaster for Valley fans has had ups and downs and MLS Phoenix Rising is no exception. After several years of good times and disappointments MLSPR faded somewhat during the period of no meaningful activity towards a viable team. As such, the energy waned but fortunately a new supporters group rose up. La Furia Roja 1881 has brought a new fervor to the soccer scene and continues to support soccer in the Phoenix area.
      In addition to the USL club, the Valley has a new team, FC Arizona, that has joined NPSL and will play at Mesa Community College this coming spring.

    NASL Spring Attendance

    // July 4th, 2015 // No Comments » // NASL

    As the NASL prepares for the start of their fall schedule, here are the attendance numbers for the spring season. The spring schedule showed a 21.8% increase over 2014.

     Atlanta  23,799  5  4,760
     Carolina  25,801  5  5,160
     Edmonton  13,821  5  2,764
     Ft Lauderdale  31,753  5  6,351
     Indianapolis  52,000  5  10,400
     Jacksonville  48,788  5  9,758
     Minnesota  45,962  5  9,192
     New York  33,597  5  6,719
     Ottawa  21,886  5  4,377
     San Antonio  32,388  5  6,478
     Tampa Bay  28,499  5  5,700

    MLS’s 24th

    // June 26th, 2015 // No Comments » // Major League Soccer

    With MLS’s plans to expand to 24 teams, cities are hustling for the final spot. Atlanta United, LAFC and Minnesota have already been awarded franchises.
    At one time it was a foregone conclusion that Miami was going to make the show with David Beckham’s group ready to make a go in South Florida. But difficulties in finding an acceptable location has put a damper on that move.
    That being said, Sacramento and St. Louis have made moves to be the 24th club. St. Louis has long been a hotbed of soccer in the US, while Sacramento are drawing phenomenal numbers in USL-Pro, leading the league in attendance by a far margin(11,233).
    Now Drew Epperly of WV Hooligan is reporting that the new Charlotte USL-Pro team is throwing its hat in the ring to make the jump to MLS.

    Meeting with Management of New “Phoenix City FC”

    // July 16th, 2012 // No Comments » // Local Teams, Pro Soccer in Phoenix, Uncategorized, US Leagues

    Key members of the ownership and management group for the new USL PRO team, Phoenix City FC, that is slated to begin play in the Phoenix area at the start of the 2013 season, met with fans at an informational event hosted by the soccer supporters’ group La Furia Roja on Sunday, July 15 for an open and frank discussion of their plans for the new team. The group discussed their short and long term goals, fielded tough questions from participants, and made some big announcements about the team. If you’d like to find out what happened during the free-wheeling event, “Like” the La Furia Roja 1881/The Red Fury 1881 facebook page (facebook.com/LFR1881) for a summary of the meeting and to get updates about the team.

    USL PRO Team in Phoenix by 2013 ?!?

    // July 10th, 2012 // No Comments » // Local Teams, Pro Soccer in Phoenix, Uncategorized, US Leagues

    You’ve probably heard by now that there are plans underway to bring a USL PRO team to the Valley for the 2013 season. La Furia Roja 1881/The Red Fury 1881, the new supporters’ group in town, is hosting a meeting with some of the principals behind this effort on Sunday, July 15, 2012. If you would like to hear first-hand about the plans to bring USL PRO to Phoenix, visit La Furia Roja’s Facebook page (facebook.com/LFR1881) and “Like” the page. When you accept their friend request they will send you an invitation with the details about the meeting.

    I know some of us are a bit skeptical because we’ve heard this type of news before. However, the official USL announcement about the team (http://www.uslsoccer.com/home/641887.html) is a good reason to be cautiously optimistic. The meeting on Sunday will be an excellent opportunity to hear about the ownership group’s (BDR Sports LLC) plans, ask questions, and judge for ourselves. Go visit La Furia Roja on Facebook NOW and sign up!