Solomon Asante and Gladson Awako win Western Conference title of USL with Phoenix Rising FC Featured
04 Nov

Solomon Asante and Gladson Awako win Western Conference title of USL with Phoenix Rising FC

Ghanaian duo Solomon Asante and Gladson Awako have clinched the 2018 Western Conference of the United Soccer League title with Phoenix Risings FC.
 
Phoenix Rising FC were crowned champions after whipping Orange County FC 2-1 in the Western Conference Final of the USL at the Champion Stadium.
 
Phoenix raced out of the gate in record-breaking time after forward Chris Cortez scored the first goal of the night in the 2nd minute. The goal was a USL playoff record for quickest goal in a match and it made the score 1-0.
 
Rising FC held on to the 1-0 lead into halftime and through the beginning of the second half until the 73rd minute when forward Didier Drogba scored to give the club a 2-0 lead. It's his third goal in as many playoff matches for the club. This marks his first playoff game-winning for Phoenix.
 
Orange County pulled back within one goal thanks to a late 82nd-minute goal from Koji Hashimoto.
 
Phoenix Rising FC will take on Louisville City FC in Louisville on Thursday, November 8 in USL Cup Final.
 
Asante has scored 14 goals with nine assists in his 35 appearances whilst his compatriot Awako netting one goal with five assists in 29 games.
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