Phoenix Rising FC vs. LA Galaxy II at Wild Horse Pass


LA Galaxy II (1-2-1) vs. Phoenix Rising FC (2-2-0), Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Rising Stadium at Wild Horse Pass (Bally Sports Extra, ESPN+; ESPN app): After defeating Valley United FC in the second round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup on Wednesday, Phoenix returns to the USL with a match against LA Galaxy II under the spotlight in Chandler this weekend. The game will be important for the Western Conference standings, as the top seven teams advance to the playoffs. Rising is currently No. 7, with LA Galaxy II two spots behind at No. 9. Expect an offensive contest, as Phoenix and LA Galaxy II are two of the USL’s top 10 teams in total shots. … Quoteable: “It’s going to be a really good test for us,” Rising manager Rick Schantz said. “It’s a tactical game, we’ll have to be smart. We have to be aware that they won’t have any fear. They’re a very good team and very organised.” … LA Galaxy II is led by first-year manager Yoann Damet, who previously held the interim role at MLS club FC Cincinnati. After starting the season with a two-game losing streak, the team beat Rio Grande Valley FC Toros and tied Indy Eleven. LA Galaxy II missed the playoffs last season, while Rising won the Pacific Division. … Saturday game will mark Phoenix’s first USL game at Arizona since a 3-2 loss to San Diego Loyal SC on March 26, which ended Rising’s 21-game winning streak at home and was Rising’s first loss at Wild Horsepass. … US Open Cup: The next round of the US Open Cup will take place on April 19-20. The Rising will host USL Championship rival New Mexico United at 7:30 p.m. at Wild Horse Pass Stadium, US Soccer announced. All matches will be featured on ESPN+.

— Drew Schott, The Arizona Republic

Lance B. Holton