Phoenix Rising FC has signed midfielder David Loera on loan from Major League Soccer side Orlando City SC. Orlando retains the right to recall Loera at any point during the remainder of the season.
“David brings tremendous quality and attacking ability from the midfield,” said Rising head coach Rick Schantz. “He is very quick and dynamic. To add another high-level player at this point in the season will help us finish strong.”
Loera, 22, has appeared once for Orlando City SC this season, playing 21 minutes in a match vs. New York City SC on July 25. The Homegrown player appeared in two matches for the Lions last season after making his club debut on Oct. 3, vs. Red Bull New York. Loera signed his first professional contract with Orlando City on Dec. 9, 2019. He was called into the U.S. U-19 Men’s National Team in 2016.
“I’m happy to be here,” said Loera. “I’m very excited to compete and help the team in any way I can.”
Loera played three years at North Carolina State University, scoring nine goals and setting up another 15 in 57 appearances. Playing for the Orlando City academy side in 2015-16, Loera bagged seven goals and earned multiple appearances for Orlando City B.
Phoenix Rising begins a run of three matches in eight days this Saturday, Sept. 11, at LA Galaxy II. That game will be broadcast live on CW 61 Arizona beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The Pacific Division leaders return home to Wild Horse Pass next Wednesday, Sept. 15 (7:30 p.m.), for Hispanic Heritage Night presented by Sprouts. Rising then faces Orange County SC at Wild Horse Pass on Saturday, Sept. 18 (7:30 p.m.) for Childhood Cancer Awareness Night presented by Carvana. Tickets for those matches are available at PHXRisingFC.com or by call/text 623-594-9606 for more information.
Name: David Loera
DOB: Sept. 10, 1998 (22)
Birthplace: Zaragoza, Spain
Hometown: Zaragoza, Spain
Pronunciation: DA-veed Lou-era