(PHOENIX, AZ) February 9, 2017 – Today Phoenix Rising Football Club announced it signed C.D. Chivas Guadalajara and Mexican National Team soccer legend Omar Bravo. Bravo’s 132 goals with Chivas, makes him the all-time leading scorer in the club’s history. Bravo also made 65 appearances for the Mexican National Team, tallying 15 goals.
“Our ownership group promised to build a championship-caliber team,” said Phoenix Rising FC governor Berke Bakay. “A player as experienced as Omar Bravo, with his over 300 appearances for one of Mexico’s most storied clubs and the national team, will help solidify an already strong lineup assembled by our celebrated head coach Frank Yallop. Please help us give Bravo a warm, Arizona welcome.”
"I am attracted to the energy and excitement surrounding this organization and committed to helping the team succeed,” Bravo said. “I also want to help inspire the thousands of youth soccer players in Arizona and ignite their passion for our beautiful game."
Bravo began his professional career with Chivas in February of 2001 after coming up through the club’s youth system. From 2001-2008, Bravo appeared in 258 matches and scored 101 goals for the Liga MX club. Then, he was transferred to Spanish La Liga side Deportivo La Coruna. After time with Deportivo and a loan with Liga MX side Tigres UANL, Bravo returned to Chivas, appearing in 32 additional matches and scoring five goals.
Bravo then made his way to the United States to play with Major League Soccer club Sporting Kansas City. In his lone season with the team, he scored nine goals and was named the 2011 Latin Player of the Year. He returned to Mexico in 2012 and spent some time with Cruz Azul and Atlas before returning to Chivas. He became the club’s all-time leading scorer on August 12, 2015, when he scored goal number 123 to put him ahead of the club’s previous leader, Salvador Reyes.
As an international star with the Mexican National Team, Bravo helped win the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2003 and 2009 while also reaching the finals in 2007. He was also on the 2006 World Cup team for Mexico and scored two goals during the group stages.
Last season, Bravo played with North American Soccer League side Carolina Railhawks. In 14 appearances he scored four goals and tallied an assist.
The club has also announced that season tickets and corporate suites are on sale to the public. Fans who become season ticket members will receive a free Phoenix Rising FC jersey in addition to various other benefits throughout the season. For more information on season ticket packages, benefits and corporate suites, visit www.PHXRisingFC.com
Phoenix Rising Football Club players under contract for 2017 include:
GOALKEEPERS: Carl Woszczynski, Josh Cohen
DEFENDERS: Peter Ramage, Uchenna Uzo, J.J. Greer, Brock Granger, Victor Vasquez
MIDFIELDERS: Blair Gavin, Miguel Timm, Luke Rooney, A.J. Gray
FORWARDS: Moses Danto, Jason Johnson, Chris Cortez, Mike Seth, Matthew Hurlow-Paonessa, Omar Bravo
About Phoenix Rising FC
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