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Phoenix Rising at Orange County SC: USL Semifinal Preview

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Following a last-minute, 4-3 victory against the San Diego Loyal on Oct. 22, Phoenix Rising have advanced to the USL Western Conference semifinals as they take-on Orange County SC at Championship Soccer Stadium in Irvine, California tonight at 7 p.m.

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Snapping a five-game winless streak (0-3-2), Rising forward Dariusz Formella scored a 119th minute goal in extra time to help Phoenix beat the Loyal in the quarterfinals.

As for Orange County, they have a four-match winning streak coming into tonight’s battle.

Last Saturday, winger Milan Iloski netted the only goal right before half-time in their 1-0 victory against the El Paso Locomotive.

When the regular season concluded, Orange County (17-6-11) were second place in the Western Conference with 57 points.

With Phoenix (12-12-10), they finished sixth place as they collected 48 points.

In two games, the Rising were 1-0-1 against Orange County this season.

On May 20, Phoenix forward Manuel Arteaga was the only goal-scorer in a 1-0 win.

Then, the Rising were losing 1-0 after Iloski found the back of the net in the 61st minute.

As the game was coming to a close, Phoenix midfielder Emil Cuello fired a shot from outside of Orange County’s box to tie the game 1-1 in the 85th minute.

Whoever wins tonight will play against Sacramento Republic FC (18-10-6) in the USL Western Conference Championship.

Sacramento beat San Antonio FC 3-1 on Oct. 27 and were the best team in the conference at the end of the regular season.

Where to Listen/Watch

The game will be available to watch on the Arizona’s Family Sports and Enterntaiment Network App.

As for streaming, ESPN+ is the place to catch this playoff clash.

To listen, Rising Radio will carry the game.

Rising score last-minute goal to beat Loyal 4-3, advance to semi’s

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Alec Cipollini is a journalist covering the Arizona Coyotes, Cardinals and Phoenix Rising for Burn City Sports.Β You can follow him on his X account @AlecCipollini

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