(PHOENIX) June 16, 2017 – Today, United Soccer League announced Phoenix Rising Football Club as the host of its Super Y League’s highly-anticipated 2018 USL Experience. The event was previously a major success in Cincinnati and San Antonio.
The USL Experience, an elite multi-day youth soccer event that showcases the Super Y League’s best players, provides high performers within the league and at the Regional Scouting Series an exclusive look into professional soccer. The program includes competitive training, games against high-caliber youth opposition, educational programming, access to Phoenix Rising FC coaches and players and much more.
Phoenix Rising FC will be working with youth soccer clubs across Arizona to identify the state’s top youth players and form boys and girls all-star teams to play against the Super Y League’s elite, youth players.
"My staff and I look forward to hosting the Super Y League's best players for the USL Experience at the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex,” Rising FC Head Coach Patrice Carteron said. “We have some of the brightest and most experienced minds in soccer from across the globe who are excited to pass along their knowledge of the game in an effort to improve player development for the country's top youth players in the Super Y League."
Established in 2013, Rising FC plays in the Western Conference of the USL and is the highest-level professional soccer franchise in Arizona’s history. Former Chelsea and Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba, LA Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy, Kona Grill CEO Berke Bakay and an impressive collection of business leaders and international celebrities, such as Diplo and Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, own the club. Rising FC enters its fourth year in the USL, which has been awarded Division II status by the U.S. Soccer Federation.
"No other youth league in North America offers an opportunity for youth players to live the life of a pro in top-quality professional environments," said Gordon Bengtson, USL's Vice President of Competition and Technical Development. "When you combine that platform with the chance to interact with world-class players such as Didier Drogba, Omar Bravo and Shaun Wright-Phillips, the 2018 USL Experience in Phoenix is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
"Through their dynamic and committed ownership group, the club is building a very special project, so we are delighted that they will host the 2018 USL Experience. We look forward to seeing the Super Y League’s top talent rise to the occasion and try to earn their place at next year’s USL Experience through the Regional Scouting Series and North American Finals events.”
The 2017 Regional Scouting Series serves as qualifying events toward a direct path to next year’s USL Experience in Phoenix. Three events will take place in July: Region I will be held at the PA Classics Soccer Park in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, from July 22-23. Region II will take place at the Hope Sports Complex in Lansing, Michigan, from July 29-30, while Region III will be at the Indian Trails Sports Complex in Palm Coast, Florida, from July 15-16.
For more information on the Super Y League and to register for the Regional Scouting Series, visit SYLSoccer.com or call Director of Business Development Matt Reda at (813) 269-1358.
About Phoenix Rising FC
Phoenix Rising FC is the highest-level professional soccer franchise in Arizona’s history. Legendary Chelsea and Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba, Kona Grill CEO Berke Bakay and an impressive collection of business leaders and international celebrities, own the club. Established in 2013, Phoenix Rising FC 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. Phoenix Rising FC sold-out all six home matches played so far during the 2017 USL season with standing room only crowds in its new, soccer-specific stadium located at the northwest corner of the 101 and 202 freeways in south Scottsdale.
For more information about 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 or single-game tickets call (623) 594-9606 or visit PHXRisingFC.com.
About the USL
The USL is the world’s largest Division II professional soccer league, with 30 markets in 20 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces for the 2017 season. In total, the USL reaches a population of 75 million people, fueling the growth of professional soccer across North America.
In 2016, more than $100 million were invested league-wide into stadium infrastructure to create venues that deliver an unforgettable fan and competitor experience. The USL has national media partnerships with ESPN and SiriusXM, and recently invested $10 million to create USL Productions – which includes a state-of-the-art facility that will produce and distribute nearly 500 league matches and more than 1,000 hours of original content to national partners, local affiliates, USL’s Match Center and international markets.
A growing league, the USL has more than doubled in size since 2014, with Ottawa Fury FC, Reno 1868 FC and the Tampa Bay Rowdies debuting in 2017. Nashville SC is the first club set to join the league for 2018. Beyond league play, the USL regularly features international exhibitions against leading Premier League, Liga MX, and Bundesliga clubs, among others.
Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., the USL provides unparalleled club support with a growing team of 50 professionals across 17 departments, ranging from operations to marketing, communications and sponsorship. Follow the USL at USLSoccer.com, the USL Match Center, and on social media via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.