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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 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.

AZ Hot Notes

// February 10th, 2016 // No Comments » // La Furia Roja, Local Teams

It’s been a while, so here is a litte catch up post.

Belated congratulations to Kris Lantz on becoming President of La Furia Roja.

Arizona United is preparing for the new season under new manager Frank Yallop.
It will be interesting to see how the team fares at the gate now that they have returned to Peoria. ASUTD finished 10th in attendance with 3,304.

Real Salt Lake preparing to build new soccer facility, possibly move academy to Utah
It seems inevitable that RSL’s academy will abandon Grande Sports World for a location closer to home base.

Last spring I heard from Petar Draksin talking about reviving the Arizona Sahuaros. Nothing further on that and his voicemail is full.

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.

Two exciting soccer events in downtown Phoenix this Friday, September 7th!

// September 3rd, 2012 // No Comments » // Local Teams, Pro Soccer in Phoenix, USA - Men's

FIRST, join members of the AmericanOutlaws Phoenix (AOPHX) and La Furia Roja 1881/The Red Fury 1881 supporters’ groups for a WCQ Viewing Party at the Filmbar and support the U.S. Men’s National Team in their tough away qualifier against Jamaica. Let’s cheer the Yanks on to an important win at “the Office”!

Immediately following the match, we’ll head over to the Open House for PHOENIX FC, Phoenix’s new USL Pro team. The team’s ownership group is hosting this event to commemorate the official kickoff of the team. Fans will have the opportunity to meet the team and staff. There will food, non-alcoholic drinks, and live music. The event is FREE and open to the public.

(Note: If you’re not a USMNT fan but want to join us for the march to the PFC Open House, meet us at the FilmBar just before 7:00 p.m.)

Come out for one or both of these events and help demonstrate that there is a large and vibrant fan base for soccer in the Valley of the Sun.


USA-JAMAICA World Cup Qualifier Viewing Party
FilmBar Phoenix
815 N. 2nd St. (in the Roosevelt Row area near Roosevelt and 2nd streets)
5:00 p.m.

314 E. Roosevelt
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. (we will head there immediately after the U.S. match)