Michael Lahoud’s San Antonio will start their 2019 USL Championship opener against Mustapha Dumbuya’s Phoenix Rising on Saturday, March 9 at Toyota Field.
This weekend will see the ninth season in the USL Championship’s history and, pundits have said it is set to be the league’s biggest year so far on and off the field.
Both internationals will face each other in a top-level action for the first time hoping to outshine each other in a match that has been dubbed a fireworks night.
Lahoud played in the Antonio side that defeated Trinity University 3-2 at Toyota Field in their final preseason game.
While, Phoenix Rising FC lost in their 2019 Mobile Mini Sun Cup 2-0 to fellow USL Championship side OKC Energy FC in Tucson, Ariz.
Rising FC fell behind early a goal from OKC’s Deshorn Brown in the 11th minute 1-0. Brown again provided the assist on his club’s second goal, from teammate Omar Gordon, in the 26th minute to make it 2-0.
Since joining the club, Dumbuya has been active in clubs pre-season after making his debut against MLS side Minnesota United FC in the opener of the 2019 Mobile Mini Sun Cup.
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Over 200 professional appearances, including 15,000 minutes at the club level and nearly 9,000 in the top flight.
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