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Phoenix Rising FC building off success of preseason tournament

By - Mar 02, 2018

By Jeremy Buch/for The Sporting Nation

The Phoenix Rising FC preseason is well under way after a successful 2018 Mobile Mini Sun Cup last month, plus this past week's game in Quito, Ecuador. 

This was the first season in which the Phoenix Rising FC participated in the preseason tournament. They appeared in 2016, prior to the rebrand, as Arizona United Soccer club.


“The event went great. The support both in Phoenix and Tucson was phenomenal. To have a record 11 MLS teams in our state over the course of a month shows that Arizona is quickly becoming a soccer destination,” club vice president of marketing and sales Sam Doerr said.


Doerr joined the club last July after being with San Antonio FC, another team in the United Soccer League.


In the previous seven tournaments, which went under a different name (Desert Diamond Cup), all of the games were played in Tucson. But this year three of the 15 matches played during the MMC were in Phoenix.


Over 15,000 fans attended the three matches in Phoenix, and nothing about the atmosphere felt like preseason,” Phoenix Rising season ticket holder Dominic Kearns said.


The matches attracted fans from many different parts of the country to the state of Arizona for almost an entire month.

While we can’t disclose or discuss those details we can’t stress enough how big of a boost it is to the Tucson and Phoenix economy, especially hotels, restaurants, etc. To have 11 MLS teams in both cities for that amount of time certainly is a boost for the economy. Our great partners at Visit Tucson do a great job to help us attract the teams to the state,” Doerr said.


The teams all trained together for over a month leading up to the exhibition.


“The teams training together led to more fluid and exciting matches throughout the course of the Mini Cup,” Rising communications manager Jose Bosch said.


The club was also able to debut some of its new additions to the stadium during the tournament.


“We have a beautiful new food court area with a large tent to provide shade and eat under. In addition, we worked with our great partners at Mobile Mini to create four bars made out of shipping containers. In addition, we upgraded the food in our suite for 2018 as local restaurant Herb Box is now catering the food,” Doerr said.


There were new concessions for fans to enjoy, and field seating made its debut at the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex,” Kearns said.


Phoenix Rising FC plans on participating and hosting games in next year’s Mobile Mini Cup.


“We hope to make it bigger and better. We learned a lot in our first year running the event and will look to improve the 2019 version,” Doerr said.


Phoenix Rising has their first home match of the 2018 season against OKC Energy FC on March 24 at 7 p.m.





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