PHOENIX (November 8, 2016) — Phoenix Rising Football Club today announced it has re-signed five players from last year’s team: goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski; defenders Peter Ramage and Uchenna Uzo; and midfielders Blair Gavin and Miguel Timm. All contracts are pending league and USSF approval and, per league rules, the terms of the contracts will not be public.
“The guys we’re keeping, their style fits my style,” said Phoenix Rising FC head coach Frank Yallop. “They’re good guys. They really work hard. They’re team-first and I feel real comfortable going in with this group of five guys; they’re a real solid starting point for us.”
Woszczynski will enter his third year with the club. Last season he appeared in 24 matches (2,160 minutes). In 2015, Woszczynski’s 130 saves set the league record for most saves in a season (The previous record was 115). Woszczynski’s 51 appearances and 4,590 minutes played are both second all time in club history.
Ramage joined the club late in the season on August 3, and appeared in 11 matches (945 minutes) for the club. He notched one assist in that time. Ramage’s previous experience includes time with English Premier League club Newcastle United and English clubs Queens Park Rangers, Crystal Palace, Birmingham City, and Barnsley.
Uzo made his professional debut with Arizona United as a starter against LA Galaxy II on March 26. He appeared in 23 matches (1,583 minutes) for the club before suffering a season-ending injury during training.
Gavin, an Arizona native, appeared in all but two matches in 2016 (28 appearances, 2,427 minutes) and notched an assist. Gavin was also the club’s captain in 2016.
Timm appeared in 15 matches (1,034 minutes) in his first year with the club in 2016. He also notched two assists. Prior to his time with Arizona United, Timm played with South African sides Mpumalanga Black Aces and Bidvest Wits Football Club.
Phoenix Rising Football Club players under contract for 2017
GOALKEEPERS: Carl Woszczynski
DEFENDERS: Peter Ramage, Uchenna Uzo
MIDFIELDERS: Miguel Timm, Blair Gavin
About Phoenix Rising FC
Phoenix Rising Football Club is Arizona’s only professional soccer franchise. Established in 2014, the club enters its fourth year in the United Soccer League. For more information on the club, visit the team’s website at www.PHXRisingFC.com. You can also follow the team on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/PHXRisingFC), Twitter (@PHXRisingFC), Instagram (PHXRisingFC), or Snapchat (PHXRisingFC).
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