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Phoenix Rising FC Named a Founding Member of the Major League Soccer Elite Player Development Platform

By Phoenix Rising Communications, 05/13/20, 11:20AM MST


PHOENIX, Ariz. (Wednesday, May 13) - Phoenix Rising FC was named a founding member of Major League Soccer's Elite Player Development Platform, the club announced today. 

"All of us at Phoenix Rising FC are incredibly honored and excited to be announced, and compete, as a founding member of the MLS Elite Player Development Platform," said Phoenix Rising FC's Director of Soccer Development, Steve Cooke. "Our desire is to provide the very best practices in elite player development through the Phoenix Rising FC Professional Academy, and this platform will enable us to do so by competing at the highest level of youth soccer."  

Per the MLS press release: "The new platform, which will include more than 8,000 players throughout the U.S. and Canada, will consist of elite year-round competition, as well as player identification initiatives, coaching education opportunities, and additional programming to create the premier player development environment."
For Phoenix Rising FC, being named to the Elite Player Development Platform means the club can offer academy players in the Phoenix area access to the top level of competition in the U.S.     

"It is tremendously important that professional clubs lead the education and development of elite young players," said Cooke. "As a high performing professional club, Phoenix Rising FC is confident that we will provide the very best culture, learning environment and methodology in order to expedite the development of our young players and their teams."

"Our whole club commitment to elite player development will provide outstanding opportunities and experiences for the dedicated and ambitious soccer player," added Cooke. "We will maximize their playing abilities, and in doing so, will give our young homegrown players the chance to compete at the professional level in the future, and hopefully with Phoenix Rising FC."

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.