Johnny Russell - Sporting KC at Phoenix Rising FC - February 19, 2020
Olivia Brestal

Recap: Sporting falls 2-1 in preseason against Phoenix Rising FC

Sporting Kansas City fell 2-1 against Phoenix Rising FC on Wednesday in Visit Tucson Sun Cup action at Casino Arizona Field in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Johnny Russell gave Sporting KC the 1-0 lead in the 56th minute, collecting a cross from Homegrown right back Jaylin Lindsey and burying his shot into the back of the net for his second goal of the 2020 preseason presented by Children's Mercy.

The hosts leveled the match 10 minutes later through halftime substitute Santi Moar. The Spaniard did well to settle the ball with his left foot on his first touch before firing a right-footed shot just beneath the bar on his second touch from the top of the penalty area.

Phoenix would capitalize on a turnover deep in Sporting's defensive third for the go-ahead goal as Joey Calistri intercepted Tim Melia's pass and slotted his shot home in the 78th minute.

Sporting will conclude preseason play against the New York Red Bulls at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday at Kino North Stadium in Tucson, Arizona, before returning to Kansas City to prep for the team's MLS regular season opener on Feb. 29. Saturday's match will be streamed live on for viewers in the Kansas City and Tucson regions.

2020 Preseason presented by Children's Mercy
Visit Tucson Sun Cup | Match 2 of 3
Casino Arizona Field | Scottsdale, Arizona

Score 1 2 F
Sporting Kansas City 0 1 1
Phoenix Rising FC 0 2 2

Sporting Kansas City: Richard Sanchez (Tim Melia 46); Jaylin Lindsey (Graham Zusi 60), Botond Barath (Roberto Puncec 60), Graham Smith (Kaveh Rad* 46, Matt Besler 60), Amadou Dia (Luis Martins 60); Camden Riley* (Ilie Sanchez 60), Jake Davis** (Roger Espinoza 60), Cameron Duke (Gadi Kinda 60); Johnny Russell (Khiry Shelton 60), Erik Hurtado (Alan Pulido 60), Gerso Fernandes (Daniel Salloi 60)

* Under contract with Sporting KC II
** Member of Sporting KC Academy

Phoenix Rising FC: Eric Dick; Austin Ledbetter (Darnell King 73), Joey Farrell (Corey Whelan 46), AJ Cochran, Kyle Bjornethun (Owusu-Ansah Kontoh 73); Jordan Schweitzer (Kevon Lambert 73), Jose Aguinaga (Jon Bakero 73), Joey Calistri; Solomon Asante (Santi Moar 46), Lagos Kunga (Denis Conteh 31), Junior Flemmings (Rufat Dadashov 73)

Scoring Summary:
SKC - Johnny Russell (Jaylin Lindsey) 56'
PHX - Santi Moar (Joey Calistri) 66'
PHX - Joey Calistri (unassisted) 78'

Sporting KC 2020 Preseason Schedule

Date Opponent Time (CT)
or Result
Saturday, Jan. 25 Phoenix Rising FC Trialists W 4-0 Casino Arizona Field;
Tempe, Ariz.
Saturday, Feb. 1 FC Cincinnati W 4-0 Grande Sports World;
Casa Grande, Ariz.
Wednesday, Feb. 12 Columbus Crew SC L 2-0 Grande Sports World;
Casa Grande, Ariz.
Saturday, Feb. 15 Real Salt Lake
(Visit Tucson Sun Cup)
T 0-0 Kino North Stadium;
Tucson, Ariz.
Wednesday, Feb. 19 Phoenix Rising FC
(Visit Tucson Sun Cup)
L 2-1 Casino Arizona Field;
Scottsdale, Ariz.
Saturday, Feb. 22 New York Red Bulls
(Visit Tucson Sun Cup)
3pm Kino North Stadium;
Tucson, Ariz.