PHOENIX RISING FC

Phoenix Rising signs forward Seyi Adekoya, goalkeeper Edward Delgado

Apr 1, 2021, 12:32 PM
Phoenix Rising forward Seyi Adekoya (left) and goalkeeper Edward Delgado (right). (Phoenix Rising F...
Phoenix Rising forward Seyi Adekoya (left) and goalkeeper Edward Delgado (right). (Phoenix Rising FC Photo)
(Phoenix Rising FC Photo)

Phoenix Rising FC announced on Thursday the signing of forward Seyi Adekoya and goalkeeper Edward Delgado.

The additions come one day after PRFC acquired former FC Arizona and Valley native wingback Ryan Flood.

Adekoya, 25, is a Seattle native who spent three years playing in college at UCLA from 2014-16.

The forward then signed a homegrown player contract with MLS side Seattle Sounders FC prior to the 2017 campaign, where he would make two appearances.

Coincidentally, Phoenix Rising departs for Seattle on Saturday to play Sounders in a preseason friendly at Lumen Field on Sunday.

“Seyi is a powerful and a very fast forward who brings a different quality to our attack,” manager Rick Schantz said in a press release. “He has experience and is a wonderful person. I’m very happy to add him to our roster.”

Adekoya joined then-Danish Superliga side Vendsyssel FF in 2018, scoring five goals in 27 matches across all competitions.

He also spent time with Maltese first division side Balzan FC (one goal in five games) prior to returning to Denmark to play for Thisted last season (one goal and one assist in three appearances).

“I want to thank my family and friends for all the support and encouragement they’ve given me throughout the past year. It has meant the world to me,” Adekoya said in the release.

“Going abroad the past two years was very good for me. I was able to develop tactically. Players from Denmark are very focused on tactics from a young age. It helped me grow in ways I hadn’t been pushed before.”

Delgado, 23, stands at 6-foot-3 and is a California native having spent his youth days at Santa Barbara SC while also playing at Westmont College.

“Edward is a fantastic young goalkeeper,” Schantz said. “We have watched him for a couple years. He has very good feet and is a great shot-stopper. I expect to see him continue to develop immensely under (goalkeepers coach) Cory Robertson.”

The goalkeeper spent the 2020 USL Championship campaign with Las Vegas Lights FC, including being in net for the infamous 3-3 draw with Phoenix.

“I feel like I am taking a big jump in my career by joining Phoenix Rising,” Delgado said in the release. “This club is the standard in USL. It has proven to be a championship-level side.

“I feel blessed to have this opportunity. I’m excited to keep growing and learning. I’m a bit younger than Zac [Lubin] and Andre [Rawls] but that’s not an excuse. I’m here to compete and to make the team better.”

Both Adekoya and Delgado were brought in as trialists for PRFC’s 2021 preseason, which also marks the second consecutive day in which a trialist has been signed onto the roster.

“Phoenix is a high-level, talented team,” Adekoya said. “When I got the opportunity to come in for the trial, I was very excited.

“I knew I was joining a team that won the West last year, but it is a good fit. The style of play matches my own. I like to press and win the ball high up the field. It’s a perfect fit for the player I have become.”

Phoenix Rising now has 21 players signed to its roster ahead of the 2021 USLC campaign — not including academy contracts — which begins on April 30 against San Diego Loyal SC at Wild Horse Pass:

Goalkeepers: Zac Lubin, Andre Rawls and Edward Delgado

Fullbacks: Darnell King, Joey Calistri, Deklan Wynne, Jeremy Kelly and Ryan Flood

Center backs: Joey Farrell, Tobi Adewole and James Musa

Midfielders: Jon Bakero, Kevon Lambert, Aodhan Quinn and Arturo Rodriguez

Forwards: Solomon Asante, Rufat Dadashov, Santi Moar, Ivan Gutierrez, Prince Saydee and Seyi Adekoya

Penguin Air

Phoenix Rising FC

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.
21 days 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.
1 month 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.
2 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.
2 months ago
Phoenix Rising FC goalkeeper Ben Lundt walks off the pitch after a 1-0, five-save clean sheet win o...
Jake Anderson

Phoenix Rising FC’s match away to New Mexico United postponed

Phoenix Rising FC's match away to New Mexico United on Saturday has been postponed, USL Championship announced on Friday.
3 months ago
Phoenix Rising signs forward Seyi Adekoya, goalkeeper Edward Delgado