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USL Attendance – 2017

// November 6th, 2017 // No Comments » // USL

Here are the final USL attendance numbers for 2017. Phoenix Rising finished 6th. Arizona United finished 21st in 2016.

 1   FC Cincinnati   21,199  
 2   Sacramento   11,575  
 3   Louisville   8,613  
 4   San Antonio   7,152  
 5   RGV   7,067  
 6   PHX Rising   6,127  
 7   Tampa Bay   5,894  
 8   Reno   5,559  
 9   Ottawa   5,365  
 10   Richmond   4,665  
 11   St Louis   4,571  
 12   OKC   4,293  
 13   Tulsa   3,851  
 14   Colorado   3,389  
 15   Charleston   3,167  
 16   Bethlehem   3,052  
 17   Pittsburgh   2,686  
 18   Real Monarchs   2,577  
 19   Portland   2,524  
 20   Orange Cty Blues   2,527  
 21   Harrisburg   2,429  
 22   Rochester   2,031  
 23   Charlotte   1,615  
 24   LA Galaxy II   1,215  
 25   Orlando   1,179  
 26   Seattle   1,114  
 27   TFC II   1,089  
 28   Swope Park   1,015  
 29   Vancouver   869  
 30   RBNY II   632  

USL Week 1 Attendance

// March 30th, 2017 // No Comments » // USL

Week 1 USL Attendance

    Att Avg GP
 1   Richmond   8,021     8,021     1  
 2   Tampa Bay   7,710     7,710     1  
 3   PHX Rising   6,890     6,890     1  
 4   Louisville   6,758     6,758     1  
 5   RGV   6,030     6,030     1  
 6   Reno   5,691     5,691     1  
 7   Tulsa   4,952     4,952     1  
 8   Pittsburgh   3,352     3,352     1  
 9   Portland   2,602     2,602     1  
 10   Charleston   2,247     2,247     1  
 11   LA Galaxy II   1,517     1,517     1  
 12   Seattle   1,115     1,115     1  
 13   Swope Park   1,060     1,060     1  

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

  • 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.