Phoenix Rising FC Signs Three Time Canadian Premier League Champion Defender Daniel Krutzen

January 24, 2023 – United Soccer League (USL) ChampionshipPhoenix Rising FC News Releases


Defender Daniel Krutzen is with Forge FC
(Phoenix Awakening FC)

PHOENIX, Arizona – Phoenix Rising FC have signed Dutch defender and three-time Canadian Premier League champion, Daniel Krutzen, the club announced today.

Daniel is a very athletic defender who can beat you on the ground and in the air, says Phoenix Rising head coach Juan Guerra. His willingness to put his body into the challenge and his winning pedigree are great additions to our roster as we head into 2023.


Krutzen, 26, has spent his past four seasons with Canadian Premier League side Forge FC. In those four seasons, he helped the team reach the CPL final four times, winning three league titles in that time. In 2022, Krutzen captained the club to a 2–0 win over Atletico Ottawa in the final. In 2020, Krutzen leads all CPL defenders in interceptions and leads the league in defensive touches. Krutzen also scored the winner in the CONCACAF Champions League game.

“I just wanted to let the fans know that I’m so excited to be in Phoenix and I can’t wait to play in front of them,” said Krutzen. “Without fans our sport means little, so it’s all about the fan experience, and our job as players is to make it exciting for them to come to the games and cheer us on.”

This will be Krutzen’s second time playing in Arizona. In 2017, the defender made seven appearances for USL League Two side FC Tucson.

Deal: Phoenix Rising signs Defender Daniel Krutzen

Name: Daniel Kruzen

Position: Defender

Height: 6-0

Weight: 165

DOB: September 19, 1996 (26)

Place of birth: Brunssum, Netherlands

Hometown: Lanaken, Belgium

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