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Sports News of Monday, 24 February 2020


Solomon Asante scores as Phoenix Rising beat Real Salt Lake

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Ghana international Solomon Asante was on target as Phoenix Rising FC defeated Real Salt Lake 3-2 to finish second at Visit Tucson Sun Cup on Saturday night at Casino Arizona Field.

The victory was the club's third win over an MLS side in four preseason matches as they geared up for the start of the new season next month.

Real Salt Lake took an early lead in the 11th minute courtesy Damir Kreilach's strike but Phoenix Rising equalised 10 minutes later through Joe Farrell who scored from close range.

Rising FC then took the lead six minutes before half-time thanks to skipper and Ghanaian winger Solomon Asante.

Bakero gave Rising FC a 3-1 advantage in the 57th minute of the game.

Real Salt Lake found the net with a minute to go as Justin Meram buried a low finish into the bottom-right corner of the net, but Rising FC held on to claim another positive preseason result.

Asante lasted the entire duration of the game with scintillating performance.

Rising FC’s second-place finish marked its best finish in the the Visit Tucson Sun Cup in the club’s history.