Phoenix Rising awards forward Seyi Adekoya to OKC Energy
Phoenix Rising has loaned striker Seyi Adekoya to OKC Energy from the USL Championship Eastern Conference, the club announced on Friday.
He joins PRFC left-back Deklan Wynne, who was also loaned to OKC on July 1st.
However, Phoenix Rising reserves the right to withdraw Adekoya from loan at any time during this season.
The 25-year-old striker made only four appearances as a replacement for Phoenix in the USL championship campaign in 2021, which together amounted to just 53 minutes on the pitch.
And after scoring a goal against the Colorado Springs Switchbacks and Tucson FC in the preseason, Adekoya failed to score his first goal in a Rising shirt in a regular season game.
With striker Rufat Dadashov and MLS loanee David Egbo (Vancouver Whitecaps) alongside winger Solomon Asante – PRFC captain and two-time defending champion MVP – Santi Moar and Prince Saydee the two No. 9 strikers, the season would just go by for Adekoya few, as Phoenix aims to win its second regular season title in three years.
“Seyi is a very, very good player, very talented, we like him,” said manager Rick Schantz Arizona Sports Saturday. “We have seven players right now in an area where we normally only have five or six.
“And instead of just training Seyi every day and being frustrated that he might not get minutes, this is an opportunity for him to play in games and develop his craft as a professional and for us to keep an eye on him. ”
Rising still has an option for the second year as a forward so he could still be on the PRFC squad for the 2022 season after signing with the club in April.
“I think we still have an option for him next year. Hopefully he’ll do really well and then we can make the decision how we want to continue,” said Schantz.
“I sat with him and said, ‘Hey, this is an opportunity. You can stay here and train and not play a lot, or you can go somewhere they really want you and I think you will be an effective player for them. ‘ And we don’t have to play it, that’s a good thing. “