Phoenix Rising Football Club has signed defender Deklan Wynne, pending league and federation approval, along with receipt of his P-1 visa, the club announced today.
“I’m looking forward to playing in front of the passionate fan base in Phoenix,” said Wynne. “I can’t wait to get to work and help the club continue the impressive run it has had the past three seasons.”
Wynne began his career as an 18-year-old with Hamilton Wanderers in the New Zealand first division in 2013. The left-footed wing back appeared in 26 matches in two seasons before joining Vancouver Whitecaps II in the USL Championship ahead of the 2015 season. Wynne played two seasons with Whitecaps II, appearing in 35 games and scoring twice before being traded to MLS side Colorado Rapids in 2017. Wynne appeared in 36 matches for the Rapids in the past three seasons.
“Deklan is an experienced international left back who will definitely help our team,” said Rising head coach Rick Schantz. “He is very versatile and has a high soccer IQ. Deklan’s defending, coupled with his quality on the ball will fit perfectly with our style of play.”
Wynne has appeared 14 times for New Zealand’s National Team. He featured in two games during the Kiwis' participation in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia and went the full 90 minutes in both legs of his country's World Cup qualifying playoff against Peru in November 2017. He has also represented New Zealand at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.
Name: Deklan Wynne
Pronunciation: Deck-lynn WINN
Nationality: New Zealand
DOB: March 20, 1995 (25)
Born: Johannesburg, South Africa
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand
Previous Club: Colorado Rapids