PHOENIX (February 14, 2018) — Phoenix Rising FC announced today it has signed midfielder Evan Waldrep. The 20-year old signs his first professional contract, having last played with Grand Canyon University in 2017.
In his youth, Waldrep, a Phoenix native, won three Arizona state cups while playing with CCV. He began his college career at Creighton University playing two seasons there before transferring to Grand Canyon University. Per Top Drawer Soccer, his transfer was one of the top 3 “impact transfers” in the country. Waldrep also spent a season playing with Premier Development League club FC Tucson prior to coming to GCU. Internationally, Waldrep has represented the United States at the U16, U18, and U20 levels.
Waldrep has been on trial with club and appeared in the second half of Rising FC’s 3-2 defeat to Major League Soccer club New York Red Bulls. Waldrep logged 45 minutes in the match.
Including Waldrep, the club has 24 players signed to the roster for 2018. Waldrep will be in uniform and available for selection tonight when Rising FC hosts MLS club Colorado Rapids at the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex. Waldrep will wear number six.
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 www.PHXRisingFC.com or fans can speak with a Phoenix Rising FC account rep by calling 623.594.9606.
Phoenix Rising FC is hosting the Mobile Mini Sun Cup on February 14, and 17, where they will play two Major League Soccer teams: Colorado Rapids [14th] and Sporting Kansas City [17th] at the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.PHXRisingFC.com.
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, International Entrepreneur Alex Zheng, and an impressive collection of business leaders and international celebrities own the club. Established in 2013, Phoenix Rising FC is one of 11 cities applying for Major League Soccer expansion. The club currently plays in the United Soccer League, the largest Division 2 professional league in the world. In October 2017, Phoenix Rising FC acquired Premier Development League (PDL) side FC Tucson as part of its long-term plan to develop professional players for its franchise. The club is also hosting the largest MLS Preseason event ever, the 2018 Mobile Mini Sun Cup. Fans may purchase tickets for the Mobile Mini Sun Cup at PHXRisingFC.com. The 2018 Season is presented by Equality Health. 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 (602.900.0083) or visit PHXRisingFC.com.