Rising FC sign Swedish centre-back John Stenberg

BIRD PHOENIX – Phoenix Rising FC announced on Thursday that the club has signed Swedish defender John Stenberg ahead of the 2023 USL Championship season. The transaction is pending league and federation approval.

Stenberg spent the last two seasons with Swedish second division Öster. The 6-foot-3 centre-back found the back of the net three times in 57 Superettan matches following his signing with Öster ahead of the 2021 season.

“Stenberg is a natural leader,” Phoenix Rising head coach Juan Guerra said. “He suits our playing style and playing model very well. He is a competitor who is hungry to be successful. He is fast, athletic and strong physically and mentally. During defensive phases he is very organized, intense and aggressive. During offensive phases, he is calm on the ball and connects many passes. He can play long diagonals and into spaces behind the opposition’s backline. He reads the game very well. He is a good addition to what we want to build on the technical side. His mentality will help create the kind of culture we want here in Phoenix.”

Stenberg began his professional career as a 23-year-old in the Swedish third division with Carlstad United. He played 51 games with the club before it merged with Karlstad BK to form IF Karlstad in 2019. Stenberg played 18 games for IF Karlstad before having a breakout season with Dalkurd in the Superettan the following year. Stenberg scored four goals in 29 games for Dalkurd in 2021.

“At the end of my season here, my agent made me some offers and Phoenix was one of them,” Stenberg said. – It felt very exciting right away. I talked to Juan [Guerra] and it was just clear to me that this was something I wanted to do. If I were to describe my style of play to a Rising fan, I would say that I like to play quarterback and move the ball forward. I like to switch plays and hit good passes forward for the offensive players.”

Source: sn.dk


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