Phoenix Rising FC signed midfielder Iván Gutiérrez on December 7, 2020.
“I’m excited to join Rising because my playing style matches the team’s tactics very well,” said Gutiérrez. “They’re a team that loves to attack. They go at teams and I feel like other teams are forced to defend a lot. That’s my game. I love to run at defenders and get everyone involved in the attack.”
Gutiérrez most-recently played with LA Galaxy II in the USL Championship. He led Los Dos in assists last season with four in 17 appearances. Gutierrez also scored a goal in the 62nd minute of a 4-3 victory vs. Las Vegas Lights FC on Sunday, August 30.
“Every time we played against Ivan, he was very dangerous,” said Rising head coach Rick Schantz. “I like his attacking skills and his forward-thinking movements. He has the quickness and technical ability to beat defenders and help create goal-scoring opportunities. In our system, he will be isolated often out wide. I expect him to develop into one of the top players in this league.”
Gutiérrez began his youth career with Chivas USA in 2012, playing four seasons in Los Angeles before transferring to Guadalajara. During that time, he represented the Mexican U-17 National team in the 2015 Concacaf U-17 Championship. Mexico won the tournament that season to advance to the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile, where they finished fourth. Gutiérrez joined LA Galaxy II in 2019, scoring one goal in six appearances.