PHOENIX – Tulsa Roughnecks FC travels to take on Phoenix Rising FC on Wednesday night looking to boost its USL Cup Playoffs chances in the USL Game of the Week on ESPN3 at the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex. A win for the Roughnecks would earn the a first trip to the playoffs, while a draw would also give the side a chance to clinch depending on results elsewhere on Wednesday night, but Rising FC will be a tough challenge to knock off as it looks to kick on from clinching a place in the postseason to try and claim a place in the top four of the Western Conference. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. PT.
Phoenix Rising FC news and notes
Current record: 14-8-7, 49pts
Rising FC saw its 11-game undefeated run come to an end on Saturday night as it fell 2-0 to Sacramento Republic FC at Papa Murphy's Park.
Phoenix goalkeeper Josh Cohen also saw his shutout streak brought to an end at 416 minutes by Emrah Klimenta's early first-half goal as Rising FC's four-game road trip ended on a down note.
With three matches remaining, Phoenix is chasing the top four in the USL Western Conference and with it a home game in the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the USL Cup Playoffs.
Rising FC begins the week six points behind all three of Reno 1868 FC, the Swope Park Rangers and San Antonio FC, who hold second-through-fourth in the Western Conference, making Wednesday’s match a must-win in the team's pursuit of a top-four finish.
Tulsa Roughnecks FC news and notes
Current record: 13-12-4, 43pts
The Roughnecks continued their recent run of alternating wins and losses on Saturday night as it fell 2-0 to San Antonio FC on Saturday night at ONEOK Field.
The result saw the Roughnecks fall to seventh place in the USL Western Conference, and the side is now level on points with eighth-place OKC Energy FC going into its final three games of the regular season.
Tulsa will clinch its first trip to the USL Cup Playoffs with a win on Wednesday night, and could also advance to the postseason should it earn a draw. To clinch in that scenario, the Roughnecks would also need Orange County SC to fail to take victory on Wednesday night to Sacramento Republic FC.
Roughnecks forward Ian Svantesson is tied for the most headed goals in the USL this season with five, sitting alongside FC Cincinnati's Djiby Fall at the top of the category.
Phoenix – GK: Josh Cohen, John Berner, Carl Woszcynski, Nolan Wirth; D: Eder Arreola, Jordan Gibbons, Doue Mala, Amadou Dia, A.J. Grey, Peter Ramage, Kody Wakasa, Victor Vasquez, Jordan Stewart; M: Alessandro Riggi, Eric Avila, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Romilio Hernandez, Sam Hamilton, Blair Gavin, Kevon Lambert, Miguel Timm, Matt Watson; F: Jason Johnson, Matthew Hurlow, Chris Cortez, Didier Drogba, Gladson Awako
Tulsa – GK: Bryan Byars, Fabian Cerda, Donovan Ricketts; D: Paris Gee, Modou Jadama, Jorge Corrales, Francisco Ugarte, Bradley Bourgeois, Kosuke Kimura; M: Jonathan Levin, Joey Calistri, Collin Fernandez, Joaquin Rivas, Brady Ballew, Jaime Ayala; F: Juan Pablo Caffa, Ian Svantesson, Pavel Kondrakhin, Christian Thierjung
Phoenix - Accumulation warning: Omar Bravo, Didier Drogba, J.J. Greer
Tulsa – Accumulation warning: Collin Fernandez, Juan Pablo Caffa, Jorge Corrales
REF: MALIK BADAWI
AR1: Alicia Messer
AR2: Nicholas Gastelum
4TH: Paul Nothman
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