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Defender Kody Wakasa Returns to Phoenix Rising

By Phoenix Rising FC Communications, 12/11/17, 11:00AM MST


First-year pro led the club in tackles won in 2017

PHOENIX (December 11, 2017) — Phoenix Rising FC announced today it has re-signed defender Kody Wakasa for the 2018 season. Wakasa completed his first full professional season in 2017 and played the most minutes on the team amongst defenders. Wakasa’s 40 tackles won was the best on the club and he was second on the team in duels won (123). Offensively, Wakasa’s four assists was tied for the second-best mark on the team.

“I’m ecstatic to re-sign and see how we progress next season,” Wakasa said.

Wakasa officially signed his first professional contract with Phoenix Rising FC on March 24, 2017 and made his first professional start in the club’s season opener against Toronto FC II on March 25. Prior to his time in Phoenix, Wakasa was a regular starter at Cal Poly. He was named to All-Big West Conference first team in his senior season in 2016.

The 2018 season is presented by Equality Health and Phoenix Rising season tickets are on sale now. Every season ticket purchase comes with season ticket benefits, which include a Phoenix Rising FC shop gift card, bring-a-friend vouchers, and a Didier Drogba bobblehead plus much more. Season tickets can be purchased online by going to or fans can speak with a Phoenix Rising FC account rep by calling 602.900.0083.

About Phoenix Rising FC
Phoenix Rising FC is the highest-level professional soccer franchise in Arizona’s history. Legendary Chelsea and Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba, Kona Grill CEO Berke Bakay and an impressive collection of business leaders and international celebrities, own the club. Established in 2013, Phoenix Rising FC is one of 12 cities applying for Major League Soccer expansion. In October 2017, Phoenix Rising FC acquired Premier Development League (PDL) side FC Tucson. The club currently plays in the United Soccer League, the largest Division 2 professional league in the world. The 2018 Season is presented by Equality Health. For more information about 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 season tickets call (602.900.0083) or visit