The offseason is officially underway after Sunday’s penalty kick shoot out loss to the Swope Park Rangers and it didn’t take long for the dominoes to start to fall. Peter Ramage and Jordan Stewart, the two veteran center backs, both posted on Instragram goodbye messages to Phoenix Rising FC fans.
The Phoenix dream has come to an end… it’s been one hell of a journey, a journey I’ve loved every minute of. @phxrisingfc helped me rediscover my love for this beautiful game. To the owners, thank you for allowing me to play a small part in ur dream, u guys have something special here, we put soccer on the map here and sure u will become a force in American soccer. To the players, my teammates, u guys are my brothers and I will forever be here for u, I love each and everyone of u. To the coaching staff, thank you for ur help and guidance and to the fans, u guys are amazing! I’m one of u now, I’ll forever be a @phxrisingfc fan!! Time for some quality daddy and husband time and wait to see what the future holds! Blessings people love Rambo ❤️
As you can see above, Ramage’s posting was much longer but he kicks it off with, “The Phoenix dream has come to an end.” Stewart’s posting states, “The journey has ended.” Neither message makes it clear if it was their decision or the decision of the team.
Both players were unquestionable leaders on this club. Ramage made 25 appearances and Stewart made 23 (all starts for both). They both were dinged up at times throughout the year, but still managed to start the majority of the games.
Their veteran leadership will no doubt be missed and they were both fan favorites. It will be interesting to see if the club goes in a more youthful direction in the future. Ramage is 33-years-old and Stewart is 35-years-old. That leaves Douegui Mala as the only center back on the roster at just 23-years-old.
We’ve reached out to the team for comment but haven’t heard back yet. We’ll update this post once we do.