Arizona's only professional soccer franchise, Arizona United Soccer Club, has changed its name to Phoenix Rising Football Club.
The team also plans to develop a 15.8-acre soccer stadium and training facility at a site bordering Scottsdale and Tempe at McClintock Drive and the 202 Freeway, in collaboration with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) and the Solanna Group.
"We are thrilled to announce this new era for professional soccer in Arizona," Phoenix Rising FC Governor Berke Bakay said. "These planned investments should serve as proof that we are serious about creating a successful soccer franchise in our state. We seek to prove that the Valley of the Sun can deliver a successful United Soccer League team and eventually compete at the highest levels of soccer."
The soccer team has already signed top players from around the world for the 2017 season.
The club's owners, music artists Diplo and Pete Wentz, from Fall Out Boy, as well as Major League Baseball pitcher Brandon McCarthy, said that music and sports unite people in a unique way, improving the quality of life for people of all ages.
"We're quite impressed by Phoenix Rising FC's grasp of the goal we are trying to achieve at Akimel 7 for a quality sports and entertainment environment," David Fordon, CEO and general manager of the Solanna Group LLC, said. "We also appreciate the club's commitment to bring a state-of-the-art, FIFA stadium designed for Arizona's climate to Salt River as a significant contribution to the economic growth of the community. We're happy for the Valley and thrilled by the zeal and excitement that professional soccer will bring to all the passionate fans for the sport that are eager for top fight competition and international exhibitions."