After Phoenix Rising’s highest finish in their short history last season, the club will be looking to improve upon their performances. Phoenix finished 5th in the USL and were knocked out in the Western Conference quarterfinals by the Swope Park Rangers.
The club has been busy this winter window, as they have brought in 11 players, while only 4 players have left the club. From young exciting prospects to CAF Champions League winners, here is a look at some integral signings made by Phoenix Rising this transfer period.
The former USL All-Leauge 2nd team defender will join Phoenix after two seasons with the Rochester Rinhos. Farrell formed an impeccable defense in Rochester as they conceded the second least goals last season with only 30 goals conceded in 32 games.
Farrell is only 23 years old and has time to continue his growth in Phoenix with an exciting group of players.
The young 19-year-old made the move from San Antonio to Phoenix this window. Vega has already made 16 senior appearances with San Antonio, contributing 3 goals and 3 assists from midfield.
Vega has even been capped by the United States U17 national team and is another great young addition made this winter by Patrice Carteron.
Fernandez is another young midfielder who joins Phoenix after his loan with USL competitors, Roughnecks FC. Fernandez was a consistent starter for the Tulsa club as he made a total of 31 appearances last season.
He has been capped by the United States U18 team and Peru’s U20 team. Fernandez and Vega are the two young starlets that Phoenix has added this summer
4.Gladson Awako, Yaw Frimpong, & Solomon Asante
All three players come from the Congolese club, TP Mazembe. All three players also contributed to Mazembe’s run in the Caf Champions League as the club won it back in 2015.
Of the three Ghanaian players, Solomon Asante is the most exciting of the signings. Asante has been capped by Ghana 21 times and has contributed 1 goal for his national team.
Frater is a Jamaican striker who spent last season with USL side, Colorado Spring Switchbacks. Frater was the teams’ top goalscorer and finished sixth in goals in the Western Conference.
Frater will add a great goalscoring threat to Phoenix who were 10th in goals scored with 51 goals last season. Frater also has a creative side to him as he had 5 assists last season.
It will be another exciting season in Phoenix with a great team filled with young talent, former European stars, and a great crowd and atmosphere to back them. Phoenix can easily build off of their 5th placed finish last season and look to progress further in the playoffs.