Third time’s the charm.
It will surely go down as one of the most memorable, if not the most, playoff runs in United Soccer League history.
On Sunday evening, the Phoenix Rising completed an epic comeback on the road for the fourth consecutive week to beat the Charleston Battery 3-2 on penalties in the USL Championship Final. Defender John Stenberg’s 90th-minute header tied the game at 1-1 before forward Manuel Arteaga stepped up and drilled the decisive goal in penalties after the team fell down 0-2.
With the win, the Rising capture the first USL championship trophy in the club’s seven-year history. It was the team’s third appearance in the title game after missing out on the final in 2020 due to COVID-19 complications.
This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Rising complete epic comeback to beat Charleston 3-2 on penalties to win USL Championship