2018 Phoenix Rising FC Roster Preview – Goalkeepers

The roster for the 2018 edition of the Phoenix Rising Football Club is far from complete, but is filled with familiar returning names, as well as new talent taken from MLS, USL, and abroad.

Between the Pipes

Josh Cohen surprised and impressed Rising fans last season when he won the starting role from longtime keeper Carl Woszczynski.  The third-year pro’s development was discernible throughout the season, quickly making Cohen an appreciated member of the squad.  Cohen’s departure to Sacramento Republic FC means competition for keeper is wide open.

Carl “Woz” Woszczynski

@cwoz1

Carl Woszczynski warms up before Phoenix Rising FC takes on Reno 1881 on May 6, 2017 (Aaron Blau)
Carl Woszczynski warms up before Phoenix Rising FC takes on Reno 1881 on May 6, 2017 (Aaron Blau)

The 29 year-old enters his fourth year with the Phoenix Rising (then Arizona United) family, the longest stretch of his career with one team.  Woz was the only keeper other than Cohen receiving playing time in 2017, appearing 5 times and conceding 6 goals.

John Berner

@JohnnyB_12_

Berner was drafted in 2014 by the Colorado Rapids after spending his college career at SIU-Edwardsville.  He joined Rising FC in 2017, taking the third keeper spot while on loan from the Rapids.  Colorado decided not to exercise the 26-year-old’s contract option, making their loss Rising FC’s gain.

Dallas Jaye

@Jaye_Dal

Jaye, a 24-year-old hailing from Danville, Calif., returns to Arizona for the 2018 campaign after spending the 2013 through 2015 PDL seasons with FC Tucson.  Dallas spent two USL seasons with FC Cincinnati, where he backed up US Open Cup hero Mitch Hildebrandt. He is the only keeper with an international cap, having represented Guam six times since 2012.

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