PHOENIX RISING FC

Phoenix Rising’s Prince Saydee: ‘We can do more as a team’

Jan 8, 2021, 5:45 PM
Phoenix Rising FC winger Prince Saydee. (Photo courtesy of USL Championship)...
Phoenix Rising FC winger Prince Saydee. (Photo courtesy of USL Championship)
(Photo courtesy of USL Championship)

A year ago around this time, Phoenix Rising FC was getting prepared to begin preseason training.

That’s because friendlies with MLS clubs were on the docket in late January and most of February in preparation for the start of the regular season in March.

But due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 USL Championship season isn’t scheduled to commence until the beginning of May. So from a timeline perspective, next season sits roughly four months away, which is how long the offseason usually is. In fact, Phoenix Rising players haven’t been given a date to report yet, which means preseason training will probably start closer to March.

Until then, manager Rick Schantz and GM Bobby Dulle will use that time to fill out the rest of the roster. As it stands, there are only 14 players officially signed to PRFC for the 2021 campaign, the latest of which was former Miami FC winger Prince Saydee.

“For me, I think they’re one of the top teams in USL Championship,” Prince said of his decision to join Phoenix. “I think playing with them, I can do more in forwarding my career and I can do more with the kind of players I’ll be playing with — we can do more as a team.”

Although Prince can play in the midfield, expect to see him used out wide in attacking positions where he can take defenders on one-on-one. The 26-year-old Liberian has the skill to both cut in and shoot on his right foot, while also possessing the ability to play balls in for his teammates.

“I’m more of a wide player, I’m more of a winger,” he said. “With me playing more out wide, I can get a chance to go one-on-one, so I prefer playing out wide. I try to cut in, score and send a lot of crosses, but I like doing all those things because I want my team to win.”

As things stand, it looks like Prince will be battling with Ivan Gutierrez — another new signee — for the first spot off the bench to replace either starting winger Santi Moar or captain Solomon Asante. The Liberian shares similar qualities with Rising’s captain in that both are African wingers who led their teams in assists last season and have represented their country in the past.

“I’m looking forward to working with him because he’s a great player,” Prince said of Asante. “If we work together as a team, I think we can move the team forward to a lot of success.”

Prince and his family immigrated to the U.S. from Liberia a few years ago. When he’s not on the pitch, the winger says you can find him either at home or at the gym. And despite never having been to Phoenix before, Prince is excited to see all that the Valley has to offer both on and off the pitch.

“I heard a few things about the weather, but it’s no different because where I’m from in Africa is hot also,” he said. “I’m happy to join Phoenix for the 2021 season and I can’t wait to meet the fans and to help move the team forward.”

Penguin Air

Phoenix Rising FC

Former Phoenix Rising FC manager Rick Schantz. (Ashley Orellana Photo)...
Jake Anderson

Phoenix Rising FC parts ways with manager Rick Schantz

Phoenix Rising FC has "mutually agreed to part ways" with manager Rick Schantz, the club announced on Wednesday amid a turbulent 2022 season.
2 days ago
Phoenix Rising FC governor Bill Kraus. (Courtesy Photo)...
Jake Anderson

Phoenix Rising FC sticking with Rick Schantz, expect to play at Wild Horse Pass in 2023

Phoenix Rising FC's new club governor Bill Kraus said that the team is sticking with manager Rick Schantz and expects to play at WHP in 2023.
1 month ago
Phoenix Rising FC. (Ashley Orellana Photo)...
Jake Anderson

Phoenix Rising FC’s future at Wild Horse Pass remains an uncertainty

Phoenix Rising FC may have to find a new home following the conclusion of the 2022 USL Championship season.
2 months ago
U.S. forward Jesus Ferriera (9), center, celebrates his fourth goal against Grenada with Cristian R...
Associated Press

United States throttles Grenada in World Cup sendoff

Jesús Ferreira had a night to remember against an overwhelmed opponent in the United States' World Cup sendoff.
2 months ago
Phoenix Rising FC midfielder Irakoze “Koze” Donasiyano on loan from MLS side Nashville SC. (Pho...
Jake Anderson

Phoenix Rising FC signs Irakoze Donasiyano on loan from MLS side Nashville SC

Phoenix Rising FC announced on Friday the loan signing of midfielder Irakoze “Koze” Donasiyano from MLS side Nashville SC.
3 months ago
Phoenix Rising FC manager Rick Schantz walks out of the tunnel prior to a USL Championship match ag...
Jake Anderson

Rick Schantz eager to right Phoenix Rising’s ship: ‘It’s our Sparta moment’

Phoenix Rising FC manager Rick Schantz is eager to right the ship of his club, which has now lost three straight matches in all competitions.
3 months ago
Phoenix Rising’s Prince Saydee: ‘We can do more as a team’