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Phoenix Rising FC Bolster Attack With Signing of Matthew Hurlow-Paonessa

By Phoenix Rising FC Communications, 12/16/16, 1:00PM MST


PHOENIX (December 16, 2016)  Phoenix Rising Football Club today announced it has signed forward Matthew Hurlow-Paonessa for the 2017 season. The contract is pending league and USSF approval and, per club policy, the terms of the contract will not be public.

“I saw him at the Ventura combine, and he was a big, fast, and exciting forward that caught my eye,” said Phoenix Rising FC head coach Frank Yallop. “The more I watched him, the more I liked him. And I think his work rate and attitude should be a good asset to the club.”

Hurlow-Paonessa most recently played with Premier Development League side San Diego Zest FC. He appeared in nine matches (753 minutes) and scored nine goals while contributing an assist. He also scored two goals in the San Diego’s lone PDL playoff match.

Before his time with Zest FC, Hurlow-Paonessa played his college soccer at Chico State for four years. In that time he made 73 appearances and scored 17 goals while dishing out eight assists.

Phoenix Rising Football Club players under contract for 2017

GOALKEEPERS: Carl Woszczynski

DEFENDERS: Peter Ramage, Uchenna Uzo, J.J. Greer, Brock Granger, Victor Vasquez

MIDFIELDERS: Blair Gavin, Miguel Timm, Luke Rooney

FORWARDS: Moses Danto, Jason Johnson, Chris Cortez, Mike Seth, Matthew Hurlow-Paonessa

About Phoenix Rising FC

Phoenix Rising FC is Arizona's only professional soccer franchise. Established in 2013, the club enters its fourth year in the United Soccer League. For more information on the club, visit the team's website at You can also follow the team on Facebook (PHXRisingFC), Twitter (@PHXRisingFC), Instagram (@PHXRisingFC), Snapchat (PHXRisingFC) and YouTube (PHXRisingFC). For season tickets call (623) 594-9606 or, visit

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The United Soccer League, the longest-standing professional affiliate member of U.S. Soccer, is the largest professional soccer league in the United States and Canada, and the world, with 29 teams in 19 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces during the recent 2016 season. The USL has more than doubled in size since 2014 and built a stable, highly competitive professional soccer league on a national footprint with strong ownership groups in major markets positioned for long-term success. The 2016 season marked the introduction of six teams - Bethlehem Steel FC, FC Cincinnati, Orlando City B, Rio Grande Valley FC, San Antonio FC and the Swope Park Rangers. The league has confirmed the additions of Reno 1868 FC, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, and Ottawa Fury FC in 2017 and Nashville SC in 2018. The USL's teams are divided into two conferences - Eastern and Western - with each team playing 32 regular season games starting in 2017. In addition to league play, USL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various domestic and international exhibitions. The USL is the strongest U.S. men's professional soccer league below Major League Soccer. Follow the USL at, on YouTube (, and on social media via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.