“We have very strong ownership and a global star that had 12 other options, and this one passed his due diligence. MLS put [Didier Drogba
signing] on its Facebook page. There was a
headline that no other expansion candidate is in better position to get the MLS. I took a picture of that. We put up a [temporary] stadium in 52 days, sold it out twice, and our attendance is up 384
percent from the team we purchased."
-- Owner Berke Bakay
on the USL's Phoenix Rising, a late addition to the MLS expansion race that has made noise with the signing of Didier
Drogba and a new 6,200-seat Phoenix Rising FC Soccer Complex Stadium in Scottsdale. (Arizona Republic