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Phoenix Rising FC Acquires Saad Abdul Salaam On Loan From NYCFC

By Phoenix Rising Communications, 08/13/18, 9:15AM MST


Former Sporting Kansas City Defender To Bolster Backline

(PHOENIX) Aug. 13, 2018 – Phoenix Rising FC announced today that it has acquired defender Saad Abdul-Salaam on loan for the remainder of the 2018 season from Major League Soccer club New York City FC. NYCFC will retain the right to recall Abdul-Salaam at any point.

The defender has made 4 appearances and recorded 1 assist, during the 2018 season for NYCFC. Prior to his stint at NYCFC, Saad played three seasons for Sporting Kansas City of MLS and was named the “Defensive Player of the Year” for the club following the 2016 season.

Saad is expected to train with Phoenix Rising on Monday and be eligible for selection on Saturday night as the club travels to Las Vegas to take on Las Vegas Lights FC.

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, Advantage Sports Union CEO, Alex Zheng, Kona Grill CEO, Berke Bakay, and an impressive collection of business leaders and international celebrities. Established in 2016, Phoenix Rising FC is one of 10 cities applying for Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion and 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. For season tickets or more information call 602.900.0083 or visit You can also follow the team on Facebook (PHXRisingFC), Twitter (@PHXRisingFC), Instagram (@PHXRisingFC), Snapchat (PHXRisingFC) and YouTube (PhoenixRisingFootballClub).