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JAMES
MUSA

DEFENDER

#41


Nationality: England/New Zealand  
DOB: April 1, 1992 (28)
Born: Plymouth, England 
Hometown: Wellington, New Zealand 
Height: 6-0
Weight: 170
Previous Club: Minnesota United 
Pronunciation: Moo-sa

Phoenix Rising FC signed 28-year-old defender James Musa on March 5, 2021.
 
Musa spent the 2020 season with MLS side Minnesota United, appearing in six matches for the Loons and starting twice.
 
“James is very good player,” said Rising head coach Rick Schantz. “He is a versatile and technically gifted player. He made a huge impact for us two years ago. I’m expecting him to do the same this season. His experience with Minnesota was very good. I know he’s ready to help us win more trophies.” 
 
A familiar face to Rising fans, Musa spent the 2018 and 2019 seasons with Rising, making 20 starts for the Regular Season Title winners that season. That squad also enjoyed a 20-match unbeaten run, the longest in American soccer history.
 
“I feel very lucky to be back with the squad,” said Musa. “Some of the guys on this team are my good mates in football. We played together for two years. We had an amazing two years. There is something different about this team. It feels like a family. Everyone is very close and able to get along together. That obviously helps us out on the field. We’ve got some trophies to win.”
 
During his two seasons with Rising, Musa had 54 appearances and accumulated almost 4,000 minutes with three assists and two goals scored. He also has three Caps for the New Zealand National Team. Musa will combine on the back line with fellow All White international Deklan Wynne, who signed with Rising on January 14. 
 
Musa began his pro career with Wellington Phoenix in the Australian A-League. He signed with Fulham FC of the English Premier League, in 2012 and spent time on loan with Hereford United FC. Musa also played for Saint Louis FC and Swope Park Rangers in the USL Championship. He was briefly signed to Sporting Kansas City's first team, making his MLS debut with August 12, 2017 against the Seattle Sounders.