Phoenix Rising FC defender Joe Farrell has signed a new two-year contract with the club that is set to see him surpass 100 appearances in Rising FC colors early next season. | Photo courtesy Ashley Orellana / Phoenix Rising FC
PHOENIX – Phoenix Rising FC announced on Wednesday it had signed center back Joe Farrell to a new, two-year contract, pending league and federation approval, that will keep the Rising FC mainstay with the club through at least the 2023 season.
“I’m so excited to sign Joe to another contract,” said Rising FC Head Coach Rick Schantz. “He’s always been a leader in our locker room and on the field. He embodies the fighting spirit of our club and has been one of the best defenders in USL for the last four years.”
Farrell has appeared 94 times and scored seven goals across all competitions since signing with Rising FC in December 2017. The center back recorded three assists in the 2021 season, placing him fifth on the team, as he appeared in 25 games and logged 1,846 minutes. Defensively, the 27-year-old recorded 32 interceptions, 25 tackles at a success rate of 73.5 percent and 55 clearances while winning 116 of 187 duels (62 percent) and 62 of 89 aerial duels (69.7 percent).
“I’m really excited to have signed my extension with Phoenix,” said Farrell. “We have the best fans in the USL, the best facilities in the league and we are hungry to bring more trophies back to the desert.”
Farrell appeared in 76 matches for La Salle University in Philadelphia, where he scored 16 career goals during his collegiate career. He also made 26 appearances for the New York Red Bulls U-23 in USL League Two across two seasons in 2014-15, before appearing in another 64 USL Championship matches for the Rochester Rhinos in 2016-17. He was named to the Championship’s All-League Second Team and was a finalist for Rookie of the Year in 2016.
Farrell has made 156 appearances in the USL Championship overall across the regular season and playoffs, logging 12,611 minutes of action, 13 goals and eight assists.