Phoenix Rising players stand for the National Anthem prior to kick off the match against LA GalaxyII at the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex on Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Scottsdale, Ariz.(Sports360Az Photo/Edwin Rodriguez)
With the arrival of Didier Drogba it’s now just a matter of time before Phoenix gets an MLS franchise. Simply my opinion. With that as the backdrop, I think it’s time to talk about fan behavior and tie in the biggest MLS story over the last few weeks. Colorado Rapids and U.S. National goalkeeper Tim Howard was suspended for three games and fined for getting into it with fans during a match in Kansas City earlier this month. Howard yelled an expletive at a fan and reportedly touched a Sporting KC player on the arm after the match was complete.
Howard wrote on his Facebook page about the incident and punishment. I thought he made some good points about fan conduct.
The layout of the current pitch in the pop-up stadium lends the fans terrific access to heckle and jeer. That’s all well and good. I’d like to think by the time Phoenix gets an MLS franchise that Fan Code of Conduct doesn’t even need to be a point to address.