After recently announcing a new home the Phoenix Rising FC is gearing up for the 2017 season. The club announced yesterday that they have signed defender Victor Vasquez for the 2017 season. The contract is pending approval and so the terms will not be made public. Phoenix Rising FC has not yet responded to AZSoccer’s request for comment.

Victor attended California State Northridge where he appeared in 58 matches for the Matadors. He made an appearance this year in the Pro Development League for the FC Golden State Force. Vasquez clocked a total of 543 minutes with 179 minutes in two playoff games and took two shots in the playoff loss to Calgary Foothills FC.

According to a post on their website, PRFC head coach Frank Yallop says, “He stood out at both of the combines I saw him at. He’s an exciting, fast, left fullback that gets forward well and is very comfortable on the ball.”

Unstable Past for Phoenix

Phoenix Rising FC was established in 2013 and is entering it’s fourth year in the United Soccer League. In that time they have struggled with identity and wandered around the valley. The team started as FC Phoenix, became Arizona United FC and recently announced that they are now Phoenix Rising FC.  

The team also announced plans for a new stadium complex near McClintock and the 202 freeway. The new home is a welcome announcement after the team bounced around the Valley playing in Tempe, then Peoria, then in Scottsdale, back to Peoria and now the club says it will kick off the 2017 season at the new complex.

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Tim Allen is an editor/writer for AZSoccer.net and covers all Arizona Soccer News. He can be reached by email at nordictim@gmail.com