With a large contingent of travelling support on hand, Phoenix Rising FC claimed its first silverware in club history on Saturday night as it raised the Western Conference Championship in the 2018 USL Cup Playoffs with a 2-1 victory against hosts Orange County SC, which welcomed a sellout crowd of 5,189 fans to Champions Soccer Stadium.
The vocal support of both sets of fans provided an intense atmosphere for the two sides, both of which had never previously reached this stage of the postseason. Goals by Chris Cortez – whose tally after 66 seconds ranked as the fastest in USL Cup Playoffs history – and Didier Drogba sent the side on to face Louisville City FC for the 2018 USL Cup.
Here are some of the sights and sounds from the Western Conference Final in Southern California.
Phoenix Rising FC earned its first silverware in club history as a large group of travelling support provided a memorable backdrop to the club’s 2-1 victory against Orange County SC before a sellout crowd of 5,189 fans at Champions Soccer Stadium in Irvine, Calif.