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Championship Playoffs Preview: Phoenix Rising FC vs. Sacramento Republic FC

By Staff, 10/06/20, 5:30PM EDT


Perennial playoff contenders square off as Rising FC hosts Republic FC

Phoenix Rising FC
Phoenix Rising FC
10/10 | 10:30 PM
Sacramento Republic FC
Sacramento Republic FC

PHOENIX – Phoenix Rising FC and Sacramento Republic FC will meet in the USL Championship Playoffs for the first time on Saturday night as they square off in the Western Conference Quarterfinals at Casino Arizona Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET.

@PHXRisingFC returns for its fourth consecutive playoffs hoping to claim the title that has so far proven elusive. After reaching the Championship Final in 2018, Phoenix was eliminated last season in the Conference Semifinals by Real Monarchs SLC to bring its bid for the title to an end after a record-setting regular season. Phoenix has continued to be among the leading clubs in the Championship this season and is rated co-favorite alongside Louisville City FC to lift the trophy this year. After winning eight of nine games at home season, Phoenix will look to maintain that form as it welcomes Republic FC to town.

@SacRepublicFC, on the other hand, enters its seventh consecutive postseason looking to recapture the magic of its inaugural season when it lifted the trophy at the 2014 Championship Final. Sacramento proved one of the more difficult teams to beat in the Championship this season, losing only twice, but its six draws left it behind Reno 1868 FC in the Group A standings. In its first season under new Head Coach Mark Briggs, though, Sacramento has talent and depth that when at its best has been impressive to watch. With a 3-3-1 record against Phoenix on the road all-time, Republic FC will try to pull an upset in the Conference Quarterfinals for a second consecutive year.

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Opta Says

273 – Phoenix Rising FC recorded 273 shots in the 2020 regular season, averaging 17.1 shots per game.

107 – Sacramento Republic FC notched 107 successful crosses and corner kicks in the regular season, the most of any team in the Championship at a success rate of 29.5 percent. Match Predictor: Phoenix Rising FC 72%, Sacramento Republic FC 28%

Projected Lineups

Phoenix Rising FC – GK: Zac Lubin; D: Corey Whelan, Damion Lowe, AJ Cochran, Darnell King; M: Jon Bakero, Kevon Lambert, Sam Stanton; F: Solomon Asante, Rufat Dadashov, Santi Moar

Sacramento Republic FC – GK: Rafael Diaz; D: Jordan McCrary, Tomas Hilliard-Arce, Dekel Keinan, Juan Barahona; DM: Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu, Drew Skundrich; AM: Villyan Bijev, Rodrigo Lopez, Dariusz Formella; F: Kharlton Belmar


Phoenix Rising FC – Junior Flemmings (Suspended)

Sacramento Republic FC – None

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