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Phoenix Rising Inks 20-Year Old Collin Fernandez

By Phoenix Rising FC Communications, 12/20/17, 1:15PM MST

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Midfielder joins from Chicago Fire of MLS

PHOENIX (December 20, 2017) — Phoenix Rising FC announced today it has signed midfielder Collin Fernandez for the 2018 season. Fernandez was a homegrown signing with Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire and spent last season on loan with United Soccer League Club Tulsa Roughnecks.

“I’m very excited to be a part of Phoenix Rising Football Club,” Fernandez said. “I can’t wait to get to work with my new teammates and the staff. To all the fans, I look forward to meeting you all and giving you something special in 2018!”

In 2014, Fernandez became the fifth homegrown signing in Chicago Fire history and made his MLS debut as a sub in a July 19 match against Columbus Crew. Last season, Fernandez was on loan with Tulsa Roughnecks FC, appearing in 28 matches with a goal and two assists. He also had the club’s second-best passing percentage in the opponent’s half of the field (77.7 percent). In addition to his domestic career, Fernandez has represented the U.S. as a member of the U18 and U20 national team. He has also represented Peru as a member of their U20 national team.

Including Fernandez, Phoenix Rising now has 16 players signed on for the 2018 season.

The 2018 season is presented by Equality Health and Phoenix Rising season tickets are on sale now. Every season ticket purchase comes with season ticket benefits, which include a Phoenix Rising FC shop gift card, bring-a-friend vouchers, and a Didier Drogba bobblehead plus much more. Season tickets can be purchased online by going to www.PHXRisingFC.com or fans can speak with a Phoenix Rising FC account rep by calling 623.594.9606

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 is one of 12 cities applying for Major League Soccer expansion. In October 2017, Phoenix Rising FC acquired Premier Development League (PDL) side FC Tucson. The club currently plays in the United Soccer League, the largest Division 2 professional league in the world. The 2018 Season is presented by Equality Health. 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 call (623.594.9606) or visit PHXRisingFC.com.