“Rising” Onto the Soccer Scene


Arizona’s only professional soccer franchise changed its name from Arizona United Soccer Club to Phoenix Rising Football Club. The news was shared today by Phoenix Rising FC ownership before a roomful of leaders within Arizona’s soccer community, fans and a diverse group of businesses. They were among the first to see the team’s new logo coinciding with the name change. It was showcased in a specially produced video featuring Phoenix Rising FC players (PHXRisingFC.com). 

Additionally, event guests were the first to hear about the team’s plans, in collaboration with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) and the Solanna Group, to develop a 15.8-acre soccer-specific training and stadium facility at McClintock and the 202 Freeway bordering the cities of Tempe and Scottsdale. The club plans to kick off the 2017 soccer season at the new Phoenix Rising FC soccer complex.  

“We are thrilled to announce this new era for professional soccer in Arizona,” said Phoenix Rising FC Governor Berke Bakay. “These planned investments should serve as proof that we are serious about creating a successful soccer franchise in our state. We seek to prove that the Valley of the Sun can deliver a successful United Soccer League team and eventually compete at the highest levels of soccer.