(PHOENIX, AZ) February 22, 2017 – Today Phoenix Rising Football Club announced it signed former Leicester City, Watford, and San Jose Earthquakes defender Jordan Stewart for the 2017 season. Per club policy, the terms of the deal are not public.
“Jordan has an incredible amount of experience and has played at the highest levels of the game,” said Phoenix Rising Football Club head coach Frank Yallop. “He’s going to really solidify our back line.”
Stewart made his professional debut with Leicester City in 2000, and over the course of six seasons, including two in the English Premier League, Stewart appeared in 127 matches and scored six goals for the club. From there he moved on to English side Watford where he appeared in 117 matches and scored two goals over three seasons with the club.
From 2008 to 2013, Stewart made stops at English clubs Derby County, Sheffield United, Millwall, Notts County, and Coventry City and also made a short stop in Greece with Skoda Xanthi in 2010. In 2013, Stewart signed with Major League Soccer side San Joe Earthquakes and played four seasons with the club, appearing in 71 matches.
The club opens its 2017 campaign on Saturday, March 25, at the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex against Toronto FC II. Fans can currently purchase season tickets and select their seats online at the team’s website at www.PHXRisingFC.com.
Phoenix Rising Football Club players under contract for 2017 include:
GOALKEEPERS: Carl Woszczynski, Josh Cohen
DEFENDERS: Peter Ramage, Uchenna Uzo, J.J. Greer, Brock Granger, Victor Vasquez, Jordan Stewart
MIDFIELDERS: Blair Gavin, Miguel Timm, Luke Rooney, A.J. Gray, Alessandro Riggi
FORWARDS: Moses Danto, Jason Johnson, Chris Cortez, Mike Seth, Matthew Hurlow-Paonessa, Omar Bravo
About Phoenix Rising FC
Phoenix Rising FC is the highest level professional soccer franchise in Arizona’s history. Established in 2013, the club enters its fourth year in the United Soccer League, which has been awarded Division 2 status by the U.S. Soccer Federation. Major League Soccer (MLS) recently announced Phoenix Rising FC as among 12 applicants being considered for a MLS Expansion Franchise. Beginning in March of 2017, Phoenix Rising FC will be playing in its new, soccer-specific stadium located at the northwest corner of the 101 and 202 freeways in south Scottsdale. For more information on the club, visit the team's website at PhxRisingFC.com. You can also follow the team on Facebook (PHXRisingFC), Twitter (@PHXRisingFC), Instagram (@PHXRisingFC), Snapchat (PHXRisingFC) and YouTube (PhoenixRisingFootballClub). For season tickets call (623) 594-9606 or visit PHXRisingFC.com.
About United Soccer League
The United Soccer League is the fastest growing professional soccer league in the world with teams in 19 states and three Canadian provinces. Since 2014, the USL has doubled in size and established a sizeable North American footprint with strong ownership, experienced executives and regional rivalries.
In 2016, the USL experienced record growth with a total season attendance of almost 1.5 million, a 33 percent increase from 2015. The average attendance for the league’s top-10 drawing teams was 6,724, a 25 percent increase year-over-year.
Creating an engaging environment for passionate fans, the USL aims to establish all clubs as owners or primary tenants of 8,000-10,000 seat soccer-specific stadiums by 2020. Teams have invested more than $100 million into stadium infrastructure in the last year to enhance the experience for the USL’s passionate fans, 900-plus players and nearly 100 coaches in building a highly sophisticated league.
Expanding its broadcast reach with ESPN and SiriusXM partnerships, USL “Games of the Week” were available this year on ESPN3 to 99 million households. The USL aired more than 500 games last season through its Match Center. Recently, the USL finalized a $10 million investment and partnership with VISTA Worldlink to create USL Productions, which will create more than 1,000 hours of live match coverage for 2017. Additionally, statistical analysis will be powered by Opta – the world’s leading provider of live, detailed sports data – who will manage and deliver in-depth details for all USL games.
Based in Tampa, Fla., the USL supports its teams with operational excellence through 50-plus employees and 16 departments including Analytics, Competition, Creative, Digital, League Operations, Marketing, Merchandise/Licensing, Team Services, USL Productions and more.