Austin Aztex News Release - www.austinaztex.com
Thursday, July 23, 2015
AUSTIN, Texas - The Austin Aztex (6-9-3, 21pts) will close out their season series versus Arizona United SC (7-9-1, 22pts) at Scottsdale on Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. CT.
The game will be the last of a four-game season series that currently sits at 2-1 to Arizona’s advantage. In the most recent meeting, the Aztex were able to defeat Arizona in a 4-1 victory at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex just last weekend. The Aztex enter this weekend with the opportunity to pull the rivalry series even while searching for a chance at redemption from their last match in Scottsdale. In their last trip to Arizona on May 16th, the Aztex scored twice in the first 15 minutes, only to allow an Arizona comeback that included two penalty kicks to lose the game 3-2.
In the buildup to last Fridays match between these two teams, the Aztex looked to break out of an offensive slump while Arizona, touting the leagues last-ranked defense, hoped to build momentum in their back line with a solid performance. The night belonged to the Aztex, who scored four goals, including three in the first 41 minutes.
The four-goal performance was a much needed momentum boost for an Aztex squad that had been falling in the standings and looking to finish on their goal scoring opportunities. Forward Trevin Caesar netted a brace in the game as he took the team lead in goals on the season and earned a spot on the USL Team of the Week. Forward Drew Yates also had a solid performance with an assist in the game, earning him an honorable mention spot on the TOTW.
The Aztex sit in 11th place in the USL's Western Conference, but just three points out of the coveted sixth place position that receives an automatic playoff berth. With 25 goals allowed this season, the Aztex are a top-10 defense in the league. Offensively, the team sits at 17th in the league with 21 goals scored. They will need forwards Caesar, Yates and Kris Tyrpak to carry their momentum forward in order to make a push for the playoffs. Providing additional firepower is the emergence of Brendan King in the starting lineup and the presence of Sainey Touray and Romain Gall at head coach Paul Dalglish’s disposal.
Arizona comes into the match at ninth place in the conference standings, one point above the Aztex and two out of the playoff picture. Arizona came on strong in the second half of the season, with three wins in their last six outings. However, the team is looking to reverse its fortunes defensively in order to make a playoff push of its own. Arizona ranks last in the league with 2.06 goals allowed per game and 23rd with 35 goals allowed overall.
United's attack is led by forward Long Tan, who scored the team’s only goal in last week’s loss to Austin and ranks eighth in the league with eight goals this season. Tan has scored in every game against the Aztex this season, with four goals over three games. Other threats include Brad Stisser, Jonathon Top and Dennis Chin.