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Phoenix Rising Adds Midfielder Sam Stanton

By Phoenix Rising Communications, 01/23/20, 10:55AM MST


Former Scottish Youth National Team player has nine goals in last three seasons

PHOENIX (January 23, 2020) — Phoenix Rising Football Club announced today that midfielder Sam Stanton has signed with the club for the 2020 season. Per club policy, the terms of the contract will not be made public.

“It sounds like a cliché, but it really has been a hope of mine - a dream - to play in America.” Stanton said.  “I love that Phoenix is an ambitious club and I’m eager to help them achieve more success on the field.  I’ve been doing some research and can’t wait to settle in and meet the team and supporters. I read that more Americans move to Phoenix than any other US city. They can’t all be wrong.”

Stanton has played the last three seasons with Scottish Championship side Dundee United. He appeared in 77 matches (5,782 minutes) and scored nine goals and added seven assists for the club.

In nine professional seasons Stanton has scored 19 goals and tallied 12 assists for five different clubs, beginning his career at 17.

With the addition of Stanton, the club has 19 players officially signed for the 2020 USL Championship season.

2020 Phoenix Rising Roster
José Aguinaga
Solomon Asante
Jon Bakero
Jack Barmby
Kyle Bjornethun
Joey Calistri
A.J. Cochran
Rufat Dadashov
Joe Farrell
Junior Flemmings
Darnell King
Owusu-Ansah Kontor
Kevon Lambert
Austin Ledbetter
Zac Lubin
Santi Moar
Jordan Schweitzer
Sam Stanton
Corey Whelan

About Phoenix Rising FC 
Phoenix Rising FC is the highest-level professional soccer franchise in Arizona’s history and the 2019 USL Regular Season Title Winners. The club also holds the record for the longest win streak in American professional soccer history at 20 matches. The club is owned by legendary Chelsea and Ivory Coast striker, Didier Drogba, Advantage Sports Union CEO, Alex Zheng, club governor Berke Bakay, and an impressive collection of business leaders and international celebrities. Established in 2016, Phoenix Rising FC is applying for Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion and currently plays in the USL Championship, the largest Division 2 professional league in the world.  The team also owns FC Tucson, which brings USL League One professional soccer to Southern Arizona.  For season tickets or more information call 623-594-9606 or visit You can also follow the team on Facebook (PHXRisingFC), Twitter (@PHXRisingFC), Instagram (@PHXRisingFC) and YouTube (PhoenixRisingFootballClub) or by downloading the Official Team App in the App Store or Google Play.