Phoenix Rising-Swope Park match suspended due to weather

Photo by Aaron Blau/Firebird Rising
Photo by Aaron Blau/Firebird Rising

After playing the first half to a scoreless draw, Phoenix Rising FC and Swope Park Rangers FC tried to wait out an almost three-hour weather delay only to have their match Saturday at Children’s Mercy Victory Field suspended, and scheduled to resume Sunday at 1 p.m. Arizona time. The teams will begin at the start of the second half.

Phoenix Rising tried to get on the top foot in the first 60 seconds of the match. Amadou Dia got a ball into the box for Chris Cortez, who got a soft shot off that was saved by Swope Park keeper Darrin MacLeod.

The hosts had a solid chance in the seventh minute. Erik Palmer-Brown had a header off a Felipe Hernandez corner that just went over the top of the net for the hosts’ best chance of the first half.

Cortez came back in the 14th minute with an attempt on net that he hit over the top, and had a good chance in the 30th minute off a Didier Drogba corner. MacLeod had to come up with a good save.

Jason Johnson picked up an injury in the 38th minute, and he finished playing out the half, but his availability to return tomorrow may be in question depending on the severity of the injury.

Hernandez tried to get Swope Park on the board at the end of the half when he blasted a shot on goal in the 43rd minute, but his attempt went wide of the net and the half ended scoreless.

The teams then endured an almost three-hour weather delay as a nasty storm moved through the Kansas City area, bringing heavy rain and lightning with it. The players came back out on the field to begin warming up to resume play, but another lightning strike forced the suspension of the match.