The Phoenix Rising's 20-game winning streak, the longest in modern American pro soccer history, finally came to an end on Saturday night when it fell to Fresno FC, 2-1.
It's not like the Rising did not have its chances.
Jaime Chavez, who starred for the Atlanta Silverbacks and Miami FC in the NASL, broke a 1-1 tie with a goal from the penalty spot in the 81st minute for his 12th goal of the season.
Twice after that, Phoenix was awarded penalties of its own. On both spot kicks, captain Solomon Asante, the USL Championship's leading scorer with 22 goals, missed.
On the first
one in the 85th minute, Fresno FC goalkeeper CJ Cochran dived low and stopped Asante's shot. In the 90th minute, after a second handball call in the penalty area, Asante had a chance for
redemption but fired his shot off the post.
The victory clinched a playoff berth for the Foxes, who are second in the Western Conference after finishing 12th in their first season in
Tough result tonight but the memories made over our 20-match winning streak will always stay with us. This streak isn't
nearly as fun without all of your support and passion. On to the next one! #UpRisingpic.twitter.com/bOdM3pLuLV