New Phoenix Rising FC acquisition Mohamed Traore has made 52 appearances in the USL Championship over the past two seasons. | Photo courtesy Liza Rosales / Orange County SC
PHOENIX - Phoenix Rising FC announced on Tuesday the club had acquired defender Mohamed Traore on loan from Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles FC for the 2023 USL Championship season. The transaction is pending league and federation approval.
Traore joined LAFC in August 2020 when the side used the top spot in the MLS Waiver Order to acquire the central defender. He appeared in one match for LAFC that season and was subsequently loaned to the USL Championship’s Las Vegas Lights FC during the past two seasons. The 20-year-old has made 52 Championship appearances in his career, recording 66 tackles and winning 294 duels at a 57.3 percent success rate while making 61 interceptions and 275 recoveries.
“Traore’s speed, technical ability and versatility allows us to draw up different game plans,” said Rising FC Head Coach Juan Guerra. “His adaptability opens new structures without sacrificing our identity or style of play. He knows the league. His hunger to work hard and collect achievements match our own. We are thrilled to have him with us.”
Traore moved from Dakar, Senegal to attend Montverde Academy in Orlando, Florida, as a 14-year-old. A three-year honor roll student, he had seven assists in his senior season, helping Montverde to a 21-4-1 record.
“My focus this season is to improve,” said Traore. “This team is made up of talented young players that I look forward to growing and having a great season. My expectation is that this season ends with a trophy. For my part, I can help the team play out of the back. I am good at being vocal and organizing. I am a hard worker. My passing is my strong suit.”