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Phoenix Rising Football Club Bolsters Defense With Mike da Fonte

By Phoenix Rising FC Communications, 02/10/18, 4:00PM MST


Frimpong Released, Berner Injured

PHOENIX (February 10, 2018) — Phoenix Rising FC announced today it has acquired defender Mike da Fonte on loan from the Major League Soccer club Colorado Rapids. The 26-year old spent the 2017 season with the Rapids appearing in 17 matches, starting 14 of those. da Fonte has previously played in the United Soccer League, suiting up with Sacramento Republic FC in 2016 and New York Red Bulls II in 2015. Including da Fonte, Phoenix Rising now has 22 players under contract for the 2018 season.

da Fonte began his professional career in 2012 in Portugal with second-division club Espinho. He appeared in 23 matches and scored a goal. He remained in Portugal the following season with Pedras Salgadas, appearing in 23 matches. da Fonte returned to the United States in 2015, playing with New York Red Bulls II, then Sacramento Republic FC, before landing with the Colorado Rapids in 2017.

The club also announced today that is has released defender Yaw Frimpong after Frimpong failed his entrance physical. In addition, John Berner is out indefinitely with an injury sustained in training.

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 623.594.9606

Phoenix Rising FC will also be hosting the Mobile Mini Sun Cup on February 10, 14, and 17, where they will play three Major League Soccer teams: New York Red Bulls [10th], Colorado Rapids [14th], and Sporting Kansas City [17th], at the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

About Phoenix Rising FC
Phoenix Rising FC is the highest-level professional soccer franchise in Arizona’s history. The club is owned by legendary Chelsea and Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba, Kona Grill CEO Berke Bakay and an impressive collection of business leaders and international celebrities. Established in 2016, Phoenix Rising FC is one of 12 cities applying for Major League Soccer expansion and currently plays in the United Soccer League, the largest Division 2 professional league in the world. The club is hosting the largest MLS Preseason event ever, the 2018 Mobile Mini Sun Cup. For more information about the club or to purchase tickets visit