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How Phoenix Rising capped off shock playoff run with the 2023 USL Championship trophy

Phoenix Rising have finally claimed a USL title. Here's how it happened and what it means.

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It took the unlikeliest of playoff runs, but Phoenix Rising have finally won a USL title. 2023 was supposed to be a rebuilding year in the Valley, one in which manager Juan Guerra took the first steps towards reviving one of the league’s longest-standing titans. Instead, Phoenix reached the mountaintop after a late-season charge, three winning goals after the 90th minute in the postseason, and a penalty shootout victory to cap it all off.

How did Rising turn the title game around, and what does their championship mean?

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