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Phoenix Rising FC Welcomes Youth Soccer Players to the Field

Soccer player Hon-Hoya Talaheftewa (red) plays defense during Wednesday nights game.

On Wednesday, October 4, youth from the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale Lehi Branch who participate in the Salt River Recreation Department’s Soccer League played a quick game of soccer during halftime at the Phoenix Rising and Tulsa Roughnecks game. The games were played at the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex, located at the corner of the Loop 202 Freeway and McClintock Road.

A total of 16 youth played a quick 5-minute game of soccer. The red team vs. the blue team went head to head in front of Phoenix Rising fans and did not take it lightly. The youth showed their competitiveness on the field as they made many goals to get the crowd to their feet.

Soccer player Hon-Hoya Talaheftewa, 8, who likes soccer and had fun playing on the soccer field said about his performance, “I had fun and like soccer a lot. I was excited to play in front of my family.”

According to the Phoenix Rising website, “Phoenix Rising FC’s proposed Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium will be the centerpiece of a larger soccer complex and mixed use development that will accommodate the Phoenix Rising FC youth soccer academy, professional and community soccer events.  Phoenix Rising FC’s plan is to privately fund the stadium on the 45-acre site already under contract and in use by the Club in partnership with the Solanna Group, a real estate development company within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Phoenix Rising Football Club Phoenix Rising’s rapid ascent to the finalist-list for MLS consideration.”

Youth enjoyed their halftime performance. Youth showecased their soccer talents.
“I’m always for Community members being involved with what’s in the Community. The stadium is on land within the Community, within our boundaries. MLS is kind of new to Arizona all together. It’s a way to support our youth that are into soccer and make them aware that there is a stadium and we eventually want to have a major league stadium that will be built close to that area. I just feel it’s a very healthy and exciting sport. It’s a way to provide something else for our children in the Community to be involved with,” said Solanna Group LLC, President Claire Miller. Solanna Group LLC, represents the land owners in this particular area.

Miller has been in contact with the Phoenix Rising players who have agreed to volunteer to come out into the Community and talk to some of the children. “They really enjoyed watching the children play last night and they’re excited about it,” added Miller.

“Arizona is really vying for that franchise, as landowners we’re in partnership with the owners of the team to see that we do this. In the meantime, we helped build the facility and the tribe jumped in and were really supportive. There was so much positivity. I can’t say how grateful I am to everyone that helped along the way. I really want to introduce the Community to something that is an upcoming sport here in Arizona. Soccer is very popular in almost every other nation,” said Miller.

“Come do something with the whole family in your backyard!” added Miller.

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