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Fresno Fuego (PDL) 1, Phoenix Rising FC (USL) 3
Playing without big-name stars Didier Drogba and Shaun Wright-Phillips, Phoenix rose to the occasion on the road in Northern California. Kody Wakasa opened the scoring in the 33rd minute by outjumping the defense on a corner kick and burying a header into the back of the net. Just two minutes later, Eric Avila put the finishing touches on a beautiful buildup through the middle of the field with a strike at the face of goal. Mike Seth provided the assist, and later scored himself in the 54th minute to put the visitors ahead 3-0. Felipe Sousa clawed one back for Fresno in the 59th, but the comeback attempt fell short of taking real shape. Phoenix will face another Northern California foe in the Third Round when it takes on the San Francisco Deltas.

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