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Phoenix Rising FC Signs Hamilton High School Alumni Channing Chasten

By Phoenix Rising Communications, 01/11/22, 11:30AM MST

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Phoenix Rising FC has signed local product Channing Chasten to a multi-year contract, the club announced today.

“I’m very excited to begin my pro career with Phoenix Rising,” said Chasten. “I’ve been to a few matches and I love the atmosphere. I was impressed by the energy the fans bring. I cannot wait to be a part of this club and give it my all.”

Previously a star at nearby Hamilton High School, Chasten joins Ryan Flood and Niall Dunn as the third player with roots in Phoenix. The 21-year-old forward made 40 appearances for Ohio State in three seasons, scoring one goal and five assists in 1,859 minutes. Chasten trained and impressed Rising head coach Rick Schantz last summer before returning for his junior season at Ohio State.

“Channing is a very good player with a bright future,” said Schantz. “He is very athletic and can play right wing or right back. He gives us versatility and has a great ability to learn quickly from our experienced players. He should push for a starting position.

I’m also very excited to add another player from Arizona. Building our youth program and developing players in Arizona is vital for our future. It is important for young players to see the opportunity of playing for Phoenix Rising in their hometown is achievable.”

Chasten plans to complete his degree at Ohio State online while beginning his pro career with Rising. The two-time Academic All-Big Ten forward will provide depth in attacking roles for the top-scoring club in North America.

“I’m the type of player that loves to take people on,” said Chasten. “I’m athletic, so I can use speed to my advantage. I’m a student of the game, a hard worker – I’ll do whatever it takes.”     

Rising now has 20 players under contract for the 2022 season. Returning players include Joey Calistri, Lalo Delgado, Niall Dunn, Joe Farrell, Ryan Flood, Ivan Gutierrez, Darnell King, Kevon Lambert, Jonathan Levin, Manuel Madrid, Santi Moar, James Musa, Aodhan Quinn, Arturo Rodriguez and Luis Seijas.

New arrivals for 2022 include Chasten, left back Baboucar Njie, winger Marcus Epps, midfielder Carlos Aguiano and forward Richmond Antwi.

Transaction: Rising sign Channing Chasten
College: Ohio State
DOB: July 13, 2000 (21)
Height: 5-11
Weight: 165
Position: Forward/Defender
Hometown: Queen Creek, Arizona
Born: Cleveland, Ohio