Benevolent Capital, a private equity firm focused on sports team investments, is pleased to announce the signing of standout defender Laurence Wyke to Phoenix Rising Football Club. Wyke joins Rising FC from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
Brett Johnson, founder and shareholder of Benevolent Capital, believes Wyke is poised to make an immediate impact. “Laurence is a player we have had our eye on for some time. His experience, skill, leadership, and character will strengthen our back line immensely. We expect great things from him this season and beyond.”
Benevolent Capital is Rising FC’s primary investor, sponsor, and managing partner. The firm sees tremendous opportunity in professional soccer, especially in the Western United States. “The sport’s popularity is surging nationwide, with avid fan bases sprouting up everywhere. We want to be at the forefront of that growth, and there’s no better place to start than right here in Arizona,” said Brett Johnson.
Wyke, 27, joined the Youth Academy of Manchester United as a seven-year-old in 2004. After a decade developing in Man U’s prestigious system, Wyke chose to continue his education in the U.S., eventually landing at Trinity University. His experience and talent caught the eye of Rising FC scouts, who see a bright future for the defender.
“I’m thrilled to join such an ambitious club. Phoenix Rising has a real vision for success, and I’m excited to help achieve it. The fans here are incredible, and the facilities are first-class. I can’t wait to get started,” Wyke said.
Wyke and the rest of the Rising FC squad played their preseason game on Saturday, January 27th 2024 against Portland Timber. The club has high hopes for the upcoming season, with sights set on capturing a league title. With Laurence Wyke now in the fold and Benevolent Capital’s backing, those championship aspirations appear well within reach.
About Benevolent Capital
Benevolent Capital believes in the social and economic impact inherent in professional sports investments, coupled with the exceptional un-correlated equity appreciation that ownership of the right sports teams, in the right leagues and geographies will provide.