Despite slow start, United defender Ringhof fitting in just fine

Arizona United defender Julian Ringhof, left, heads the ball for his first goal of the season Saturday, May 21, 2016 vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria. Photo credit: Michael Rincon
Arizona United defender Julian Ringhof, right, heads the ball for his first goal of the season Saturday, May 21, 2016 vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria. Photo credit: Michael Rincon

Despite Arizona United’s 2-4-3 start in USL play, one of the big moves in the offseason was to shore up the back line.

It accomplished that feat by signing Rochester Rhinos defender Julian Ringhof.

Ringhof and free agent signee Uchenna Uzo had built a formidable pairing in the central defense for United, something the club has struggled to find in its three years of existence.

“I really like (the club),” Ringhof said following Saturday’s 3-1 loss at the Peoria Sports Complex against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC. “The environment is really good. It’s been a lot of fun so far.

“We just got to get some more results. But obviously we are not happy with where we are right now.”

Arizona United, despite its record, has only given up 11 goals in the 9 contests it has played so far, and part of the low goals against is due to the central defense of Ringhof and Uzo.

Ringohof is pleased with the chemistry he and Uzo have had so far this season.

“Yeah, I think it’s been pretty good,” Ringhof said. “The last couple of games I thought we could have done a little better. (Saturday) was kind of tough. I don’t know. We never really got into the game, I thought.

“But overall, I’m pretty happy I’m with him back there. I think it’s going pretty well.”

Ringhof had scored one goal in his career with FC Denzlingen in the fifth-tier of the German League before scoring Saturday for the first time on American soil off a corner kick from Luke Rooney.

“Yeah, we work on that obviously and it’s always nice to see something you work on in practice work in a match and a great header by Julian and a great delivery and header,” Arizona United coach Frank Yallop said.

“It was good,” Ringhof said of his first goal. “I thought the timing of the goal was good. We didn’t start well and I thought (the goal) got us back in the game.”