TACOMA, WASH. – Tacoma Defiance (8-6-6, 30 points) fell 3-1 to Phoenix Rising FC (13-3-5, 44 points), losing at home for the first time this season (6-1-3).
Phoenix Rising FC scored early when an errant pass went off the foot of Defiance defender Josh Atencio and Darren Mattocks was able to slot the ball home in the fourth minute. The visitors doubled their lead in the 32nd minute when Mattocks got on the end of a corner kick, heading the ball in to bag his second of the day. Tacoma was able to bring one back moments later in the 35th minute when a Danny Leyva free kick found the head of Sam Adeniran for his second goal in as many matches. In the 90th minute, Phoenix’s Santi Moar was able to convert a penalty to put the game out of reach for Tacoma.
Abdoulaye Cissoko was injured before halftime following a collision in the 18-yard-box, forcing him to be substituted from the match for Taylor Mueller. Cissoko is set to he reevaluated this coming week by the club’s medical staff. Additionally, Atencio received his second yellow of the day in the 59th minute and was sent off.
Tacoma gets a 10-day break before hitting the road to take on Oakland Roots SC for the third time this season on September 15 (7:00 p.m. PT / ESPN+).
Tacoma Defiance 1 – Phoenix Rising FC 3
Sunday, September 5, 2021
Venue: Cheney Stadium
Referee: Michael Radchuck
Weather: Mostly sunny and 74 degrees
PHX – Darren Mattocks 4’
PHX – Darren Mattocks (Aodhan Quinn) 32’
TAC – Sam Adeniran (Danny Leyva) 35’
PHX – Santi Moar (PK) 90’
PHX – Darnell King (caution) 35’
TAC – Josh Atencio (caution) 37’
PHX – James Musa (caution) 42’
TAC – Josh Atencio (ejection) 59’
PHX – Kevon Lambert (caution) 80’
PHX – Tate Schmitt (caution) 80’
TAC – Sam Adeniran (caution) 83’
TAC – Christian Herrera (caution) 89’
LINEUPS & STATS
Tacoma Defiance – Christian Herrera, Abdoulaye Cissoko (Taylor Mueller 45+8’), Tom Brewitt – captain, Eric Kinzner (Cody Baker 84’), Ray Serrano (Reed Baker-Whiting 84’), Danny Leyva, Josh Atencio, Alex Villanueva (Randy Mendoza 73’), Juan Alvarez (Ethan Dobbelaere 62’), Sam Adeniran, Obed Vargas (Danny Robles 73’)
Substitutes not used: Wyatt Nelson
Total shots: 7
Shots on goal: 3
Phoenix Rising FC – Andre Rawls, Darnell King, James Musa, Joseph Farrell – captain, Tate Schmitt (Ryan Flood 84’), Kevon Lambert, Aodhan Quinn, Arturo Rodríguez (Prince Saydee 75’), Santi Moar (Iván Gutiérrez 90’), Darren Mattocks (Jon Bakero 90+1’), Joseph Calistri
Substitutes not used: Edward Delgado, Manuel Madrid, David Egbo
Total shots: 18
Shots on goal: 7
– DEFIANTLY TACOMA –