Tacoma Defiance v. Phoenix Rising: preview, game thread, instructions

These two teams are not as far away as they were in previous seasons. In 2021, Tacoma Defiance is battling for a playoff spot with their fifth place finish and an 8-9-6, -3 record. Phoenix Rising is still the Pacific Division class with 16-3-5, +31. The team of coach Rick Schantz can win a playoff place with a win and can win the division tonight with a win and a little help.

Wade Webber did his job for huh. Tacoma has been on a losing streak for four games. Phoenix has won five in a row. Being at eye level with Rising will be an immense challenge.

Saturday night’s match has to be one where Defiance work together as a group to overcome a challenge bigger than themselves.

Why you should be careful

  • A diverse group: Recognition that each player has their own unique skills that, when combined, are strong and capable. This is the same group that has remained unbeaten for eight straight games.
  • Tactical awareness: Fints, surges, the use of three dimensions, and the displacement that dead ball play allows all help a team that is the underdog. Phoenix is ​​the best transition team in USL. Don’t get into that type of fight. Tacoma fights on their own terms and can challenge the giants.
  • Defensive center: Former Sounders U-23 Aodhan Quinn sets a Phoenix record for games with one assist (5 in a row). He has scored 2 goals and 6 assists in his last five games. His late season performance reinforces the already strong attack from Moar and Asante, two MVP candidates. Limiting Quinn will go a long way in containing Rising.
  • Bring the magic back: Samuel Adeniran was silent too long. His games against Phoenix so far this year have produced seven shots (six on target) and one goal. Adeniran is fully capable of mastering his mind-distorting sorcery that creates goals out of nowhere. Such a moment can change the odds tonight.
  • Small but nice: Kobolds are small enemies who use traps and togetherness to defeat large opponents. Players like Randy Mendoza and Ray Serrano temporarily channeled that ethos in 2021. You have to channel that against Phoenix for over 90 minutes.

Match date / kick-off time: Saturday, September 25th, 7pm PT

Venue: Cheney Stadium | Tacoma, Washington

Online streaming: ESPN +

Despite absences: There are no injuries to be reported. Sota Kitahara is loaned to FC Pinzgau Saalfelden in Austria until the end of 2021. Azriel Gonzalez is on loan at Edmonton FC until the 2021 CPL season.

Increasing: Zac Lubin is injured.

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