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Phoenix Rising FC: USL governors vote to return play on July 11

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Phoenix Rising FC and the league it plays in, the USL, announced Thursday that the league’s board of governors have voted to return to play.

According to a release from the league, the USL governors agree to a July 11 “provisional return date” to resume the 2020 season.

“While additional information on competition format, scheduling, broadcast and other important details will be made available in the coming weeks, it’s important to note that the league’s return to play will be conducted in strict alignment with all local and state public health guidelines,” the release said. “USL HQ also remains in regular dialogue with the USL Players Association on all matters concerning player health and wellness protocols and looks forward to continuing those discussions.

“To USL supporters across the country, we are grateful for your support throughout this process and look forward to being back in action with you all soon.”

Rising FC players already have started returning to the team’s facility in the East Valley, where they were allowed to work out on a small group basis.

Phoenix Rising FC won its season opener 6-1 on March 7 against Portland Timbers II. But the club didn’t get to its next game of 2020 before the USL announced the suspension of the season.