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Mayo Clinic Named Official Medical Provider of Phoenix Rising Football Club for 2017 Season

By Phoenix Rising FC Communications, 03/15/17, 8:00AM MST


Club to receive medical care from No. 1 Ranked Hospital in Arizona

(PHOENIX, AZ) March 15, 2017 – Phoenix Rising FC today announced Mayo Clinic as the club’s official medical provider for the 2017 season. The partnership ensures that Phoenix Rising FC players will receive medical care from one of the top hospitals in the country.

“Mayo Clinic’s commitment to the highest standards aligns with our mission to become one of the top professional soccer clubs in the United States,” said Phoenix Rising FC Governor Berke Bakay. “This strong partnership is beneficial to growing a vibrant and healthy soccer community in the Southwest.”

“We are excited to work with Phoenix Rising FC as the club’s official medical provider,” says Anikar Chhabra, M.D., orthopedic surgeon and medical director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Program. “This collaboration is another example of Mayo Clinic’s dedication to providing exceptional, integrated patient care to top athletes—the same care we provide to all of the patients we serve every day.”

Mayo Clinic will provide several free youth soccer clinics at the new Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex located at the intersection of the 101 and 202 during the 2017 season. Phoenix Rising FC players and coaches will lead the clinics along with Mayo Clinic healthcare professionals who will be on hand to provide education for parents and their children.

Phoenix Rising FC will kick off league play against Toronto FC II at
7:30pm on Saturday, March 25, at the new Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex. Fans can select their seats and purchase tickets online by going to the club’s website at


About Phoenix Rising FC

Phoenix Rising FC is Arizona’s highest level professional soccer club. 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. 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 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 (PhoenixRisingFootballClub). For tickets call (623) 594-9606 or visit


About Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to clinical practice, or
education and research, providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing. For more information, visit 

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.

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