(PHOENIX, AZ) February 24, 2017 – Today, Phoenix Rising Football Club announced it signed renowned Manchester City, Chelsea, and English international player Shaun Wright-Phillips for the 2017 season pending United Soccer League (USL) and United States Soccer Federation (USSF) approval. Per club policy, the terms of the deal are not public.
“We’re thrilled to have a player of Shaun’s quality and experience joining us,” said Phoenix Rising FC head coach Frank Yallop. “This is another step toward making us one of the most competitive clubs in USL.”
Wright-Phillips made his professional debut with English side Manchester City in 1999. During his six seasons, Wright-Phillips appeared in 181 matches for Manchester City and scored 31 goals.
The midfielder spent time with Chelsea from 2005-09, appearing in 125 matches and scoring ten goals over four seasons with the club. As a member of the team, he also won the 2005 FA Community Shield, 2005-06 English Premier League Championship, and the 2006-07 FA Cup and League Cup.
He returned to Manchester City in 2008 and made 94 appearances with the team and scored 16 more goals over four seasons. From 2011-2015, Wright-Phillips appeared in 74 matches over four seasons with Queens Park Rangers. He’s spent the last two seasons with Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls.
Wright-Phillips earned 36 caps with the English National Team, scoring six international goals. He was also a member of the 2010 World Cup team that competed in South Africa.
Phoenix Rising Football Club opens its 2017 season on Saturday, March 25, at the new Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex in south Scottsdale just north of the 202 freeway on McClintock Road against Toronto FC II. Fans can purchase season tickets on the team’s website at www.PHXRisingFC.com or call the main office number for personalized service at 623.594.9606. Fans who become season ticket members will receive a free Phoenix Rising FC jersey in addition to various other benefits throughout the season.
Phoenix Rising Football Club players under contract for 2017 include:
FORWARDS: Omar Bravo, Moses Danto, Jason Johnson, Chris Cortez, Mike Seth, Matthew Hurlow-Paonessa
MIDFIELDERS: Shaun Wright-Phillips, Blair Gavin, Miguel Timm, Luke Rooney, A.J. Gray, Alessandro Riggi
DEFENDERS: Jordan Stewart, Peter Ramage, Uchenna Uzo, J.J. Greer, Brock Granger, Victor Vasquez
GOALKEEPERS: Carl Woszczynski, Josh Cohen
About Phoenix Rising FC
Phoenix Rising FC is the highest-level professional soccer franchise in Arizona’s history. Established in 2013, the club enters its fourth year in the United Soccer League, which has been awarded Division 2 status by the U.S. Soccer Federation. Major League Soccer (MLS) recently announced Phoenix Rising FC as among 12 applicants being considered for a MLS Expansion Franchise. Beginning in March of 2017, Phoenix Rising FC will be playing in its new, soccer-specific stadium located at the northwest corner of the 101 and 202 freeways in south Scottsdale. For more information about the club, visit the team's website at PhxRisingFC.com. You can also follow the team on Facebook (PHXRisingFC), Twitter (@PHXRisingFC), Instagram (@PHXRisingFC), Snapchat (PHXRisingFC) and YouTube (PhoenixRisingFootballClub). For season tickets call (623) 594-9606 or visit PHXRisingFC.com.
About United Soccer League
The United Soccer League is the fastest growing professional soccer league in the world with teams in 19 states and three Canadian provinces. Since 2014, the USL has doubled in size and established a sizeable North American footprint with strong ownership, experienced executives and regional rivalries.
In 2016, the USL experienced record growth with a total season attendance of almost 1.5 million, a 33 percent increase from 2015. The average attendance for the league’s top-10 drawing teams was 6,724, a 25 percent increase year-over-year.
Creating an engaging environment for passionate fans, the USL aims to establish all clubs as owners or primary tenants of 8,000-10,000 seat soccer-specific stadiums by 2020. Teams have invested more than $100 million into stadium infrastructure in the last year to enhance the experience for the USL’s passionate fans, 900-plus players and nearly 100 coaches in building a highly sophisticated league.
Expanding its broadcast reach with ESPN and SiriusXM partnerships, USL “Games of the Week” were available this year on ESPN3 to 99 million households. The USL aired more than 500 games last season through its Match Center. Recently, the USL finalized a $10 million investment and partnership with VISTA Worldlink to create USL Productions, which will create more than 1,000 hours of live match coverage for 2017. Additionally, statistical analysis will be powered by Opta – the world’s leading provider of live, detailed sports data – who will manage and deliver in-depth details for all USL games.
Based in Tampa, Fla., the USL supports its teams with operational excellence through 50-plus employees and 16 departments including Analytics, Competition, Creative, Digital, League Operations, Marketing, Merchandise/Licensing, Team Services, USL Productions and more.