- NBC Sports’ Premier League coverage to go live in ‘Super Bowl Central’
- NBC Sports to live broadcast Premier League studio show in downtown Phoenix on Jan. 31
- Devon Grousis in talks with USL PRO and NASL clubs but hoping for Arizona United return
- Rob Valentino, still striving for MLS, but focused on Arizona United
- Mexico to play Gold Cup match at University of Phoenix Stadium in July
Phoenix FC: Who will be back next season? (Part I)
- Updated: October 20, 2013
Phoenix FC management is looking to offer contracts to the players it wants back in 2014 this month. Two sources have told ODFC news last month that the team has yet to even finish paying players from the previous season.
AZKicksIt.com was the first to print the allegations. ODFC news was told by a separate source on Friday that players have been paid. We will continue to dig for information on the situation.
For now, we take at look at each players’ chances of coming back for Phoenix FC’s second season.
2013: 2,072 minutes. 2 G, 0A.
Played his best when he was at right midfielder or attacking midfielder. Led the league in fouls (38 in 24 matches). Because of injuries had to play several matches at right back, where he surprised early. He was very effective there and even contributed in the attack with a goal. But slowed down in the middle of the season. Not playing farther up field where he’s more comfortable and had space and allowance to attack didn’t help, either. But he’s only 19 and scored a beauty of a goal for Phoenix FC’s first ever goal, something nobody can take away from him.
Update: Colorado Rapids brought in Netinho after the USL PRO season ended as a defensive midfielder. After the two week-stint, Netinho did not play in an reserve matches and was not signed on. He is back in Brazil.
Chance in coming back: 60/40. Of any Brazilian, Netinho is the most likely to come back unless he signs with another team in January. But he has begun to make a name in the U.S.
2013: 269 minutes. 0G, 0A.
The midfielder earned playing time as one of Robertson’s favorite subs in the middle of the season. But didn’t see the field much late. Got better as he played more.
Update: The Ahwatukee native is still in the Valley.
Chance: 80/20. As one of the younger Valley natives on the team, Holmes is likely to be back next season.
2013: 485 minutes. 5 starts. 2.78 GAA, 28 saves.
Late season emergency pickup after Parkinson went down with injury. Showed command in the box and made some good saves, did allow a 15 goals total but many he could do nothing about.
Update: Back in the East Coast.
Chance: 45/55. If Kitson is open to coming back next season, Phoenix FC would love to have him.