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Rising signs former Scottish Championship midfielder Sam Stanton

Dundee Utd’s Sam Stanton scores to make it 3-0 during the Ladbrokes Championship match between Dundee Utd and Queen of the South at Tannadice on November 16, 2019, in Dundee, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Phoenix Rising FC has signed former Scottish Championship midfielder Sam Stanton for the 2020 season pending league and federation approval, the club announced Thursday.

Stanton, 25, is Phoenix’s ninth signing since Dec. 3, following the additions of fullbacks Owusu-Ansah Kontor and Darnell King; midfielders Jack Barmby, Jon Bakero and Jordan Schweitzer; and forwards Santi Moar, Rufat Dadashov and Lagos Kunga (loan).

Per club policy, the terms and details of the contract were not disclosed.

“It sounds like a cliché, but it really has been a hope of mine — a dream — to play in America,” Stanton said in a press release. “I love that Phoenix is an ambitious club and I’m eager to help them achieve more success on the field.

“I’ve been doing some research and can’t wait to settle in and meet the team and supporters. I read that more Americans move to Phoenix than any other U.S. city. They can’t all be wrong.”

Stanton spent the last three seasons with Dundee United of the Scottish Championship (Scottish Second division), where he scored nine goals and notched seven assists in 77 appearances (5,782 minutes).

The midfielder began his professional career at the age of 17, compiling 19 goals and 12 assists for nine different clubs in that span.

Stanton becomes the club’s 20th signing ahead of the 2020 campaign.

Goalkeeper: Zac Lubin

Fullbacks: Austin Ledbetter, Kyle Bjornethun, Owusu-Ansah Kontor and Darnell King

Center backs: Corey Whelan, A.J. Cochran and Joey Farrell

Midfielders: Kevon Lambert, Jose Aguinaga, Joey Calistri, Jack Barmby, Jon Bakero, Jordan Schweitzer and Sam Stanton

Forwards: Solomon Asante, Junior Flemmings, Santi Moar, Rufat Dadashov and Lagos Kunga (loan)