William Scott
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Sports Reporter, Phoenix

William Scott expects to graduate in December 2023 with a master’s degree in sports journalism. Scott has interned as a communications assistant at Phoenix Rising football club.

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‘They don’t know how to die’: Phoenix Rising win first ever USL Championship

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – Phoenix Rising completed one of the most unlikely playoff runs the USL has ever seen on Sunday, when they beat Charleston Battery 3-2 on penalties to win their first ever USL Championship, ending years of playoff heartbreak.

rising celebrate usl champs

Kind of a ‘big deal’: Ansu Kanneh made pro soccer debut at 14, hopes to revive career at GCU after injury

PHOENIX – Ansu Kanneh set history in 2020 when he became the youngest ever player to feature in the USL Championship for Phoenix Rising. After suffering an ACL tear, Kanneh is determined to get his career back on track at GCU.

Ansu Kanneh dribbling the soccer ball

Phoenix Rising FC exorcises demons of playoffs past, makes USL Championship Final after another late playoff win vs. Sacramento Republic FC

PHOENIX – Phoenix Rising won another playoff game in dramatic fashion , scoring in the 92nd minute to beat Sacramento Republic FC and make the USL Championship Final, five years on from their most recent appearance.

PHX Rising Raising Trophy

Phoenix Rising FC looks to right past wrongs in Western Conference Final

PHOENIX – Despite the regular-season success that Phoenix Rising FC has experienced over the years, the organization has yet to lift the USL Championship. Juan Guerra’s team looks to fix that, starting Saturday in the Western Conference Final.

Phoenix Rising FC celebrates winning the 2020 Western Conference Final before COVID-19 ended the team's season short of the USL Cup. (Photo courtesy of Phoenix Rising)

Fans flock to downtown Phoenix bars in backyard of World Series stage at Chase Field

PHOENIX – Downtown Phoenix came alive this week as baseball fans crowded bars and restaurants to watch the World Series, boosting the local economy and creating an electric atmosphere near Chase Field.

Downtown Phoenix bars and restaurants capitalize on the renewed excitement around the Diamondbacks' World Series run, welcoming a mix of diehard and casual baseball fans. (Photo by Reece Andrews/Cronkite News)

‘Future of British baseball’ Harry Ford continues development in Arizona Fall League after successful WBC appearance for Team GB

MESA – Mariners prospect Harry Ford, 20, has been crowned the ‘future of British baseball’ after leading Team GB to its first World Baseball Classic appearance. Now featuring in the AFL, Ford hopes to use the experience to improve as a player.

British baseball star Harry Ford.

Phoenix Rising FC depth pays off in dying minutes of extra time, advances to Western Conference Final

IRVINE, Calif. – Phoenix Rising have made it to the USL Championship Western Conference Final for the first time since 2020, after Emil Cuello scored a last-minute winner in extra time, the second last-minute winner Rising have scored in these playoffs.

Phoenix Rising celebrating after win

‘It’s always a battle’: Phoenix Rising’s rivalry with San Diego Loyal culminates in dramatic playoff win

PHOENIX – Phoenix Rising and San Diego Loyal have developed an intense rivalry over the years, one that ended this season after it was announced San Diego was folding as a franchise. It culminated this weekend in the first round of the playoffs, where Rising won 4-3.

Phoenix rising during a match.

Explosive forwards Manuel Arteaga and Danny Trejo help Phoenix Rising return to USL Championship playoffs

PHOENIX – A year after Phoenix Rising’s most disappointing season yet, they’ve returned to the playoffs, inspired by forwards Manuel Arteaga and Danny Trejo who have combined for 32 of Phoenix Rising’s 54 goals – fourth all time by two players in the USL Championship.

Danny Trejo on the field heading the ball.

Phoenix Rising forward Panayioti ‘Panos’ Armenakas seeks fresh start in Valley after frustrating years in Europe

PHOENIX – Panayioti ‘Panos’ Armenakas was recruited as a 7-year-old by some of the best soccer clubs in the world. After several up and down years in Europe, Armenakas joined Phoenix Rising, determined to get his career back on track.

From early stardom to a key member of the playoff-bound Phoenix Rising, Panayioti ‘Panos’ Armenakas maintains his competitive drive on and off the field. (Photo by Philippe Crochet/Photonews via Getty Images)

World-class facilities, education attract elite international women’s soccer players to ASU despite ‘insane’ heat

TEMPE – Despite the recent growth of women’s soccer around the world, many elite international players still choose to come to ASU, in some cases foregoing the chance to turn professional. What attracts them to ASU?

ASU Women's soccer players in a team huddle.

As popularity of Premier League soccer teams grows in U.S., supporters flock to Phoenix pubs

PHOENIX – Premier League fans around Phoenix have created support groups for their favorite teams over the last decade, but for some, finding a bar to call their own has been a struggle.

Phoenix Desert Blues members watch the UEFA Champions League final at The Kettle Black Kitchen & Pub