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Phoenix Rising matches to be broadcast on Your Phoenix CW in 2019

Didier Drogba celebrates his goal, running toward the corner flag in Phoenix Rising FC’s playoff game. Drogba has scored in every USL playoff game in Rising history. (Photo by Ricardo Ávila/Cronkite News)

Watching soccer in the Valley just got a little bit easier.

Beginning with the Phoenix Rising’s fourth preseason game on Feb. 16, Your Phoenix CW is set to broadcast 35 games, including a halftime show during each game.

Your Phoenix CW announced that Adam Waltz, Chloe Mar, Hailey Frances and J Russell will be the halftime show hosts.

Games will also be available on ESPN+ but road matches will not have the benefit of a localized halftime show as they would on Your Phoenix CW.

The Rising finished with its best record in franchise history in 2018 and won the USL’s Western Conference Championship.

Its first season was in 2014 as the Arizona United SC before rebranding under new ownership in 2016. That season, the team moved to a stadium designed specifically for soccer near the corner of McClintock Road and the Loop 202.

Their first broadcast will be an exhibition game against Real Salt Lake of the MLS.