Looking for some payback after a difficult exit from 2019 U.S. Open Cup qualifying, Sporting AZ FC welcomed Southwest FC and Southwest FC U21 to Arizona this weekend and claimed two victories from two matches.
Sporting defeated Southwest FC’s first team on Saturday night by a score of 1-0 at NSFC Strikers complex in Mesa before lighting up the SFC U21’s 4-0 on Sunday at South Mountain Community College.
In his Sporting debut Saturday, John Rea scored a header in the 86th minute off a lovely David Paul cross, breaking the deadlock on an evenly contested match and securing full points for the hosts. On Sunday it was Danny Baca and Chris Ramsell getting on the board, logging a brace each. Captain Jon Guse cleared out some dangerous plays in defense and Jake Rybicki, back with Sporting after a year in Europe, logged two clean sheets on the weekend in goal.
Saturday, May 25, Sporting AZ FC Starters: Jake Rybicki, Brian Green, Mo Salama, Jon Guse, Chris Green, Mark Sanchez, Niko Shumov, Kenny McAvoy, David Paul, Chris Ramsell, Danny Baca
Subs: Junior Sewell, Brandon Johnson, John Rea, Roberto DeLima, Josh Cirocco, Tarek Salama, Abraham Espinoza
Sunday, May 26, Sporting AZ FC Starters: Jake Rybicki, Brian Green, Mo Salama, Jon Guse, Chris Green, Brandon Johnson, Kenny McAvoy, Roberto DeLima, Niko Shumov, Chris Ramsell, Danny Baca
Subs: Tarek Salama, Junior Sewell, Heber Maldonado