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Phoenix Rising FC Transfers Carlos Harvey to MLS Side, Signs Forward Remi Cabral on Loan from Colorado Rapids

January 24, 2024 - United Soccer League Championship (USL)
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PHOENIX, Arizona (January 24) - Phoenix Rising FC has signed 2023 MLS NEXT Pro Golden Boot Winner Rémi Cabral on loan from Colorado Rapids and transferred midfielder Carlos Harvey to Minnesota United FC for an undisclosed fee, the club announced today.

"From my side, I only know bad things about coming to play Phoenix," said Cabral. "I had awful experiences. The first time I came here, we lost 4-0. The second was 6-1. As an opponent, Phoenix is a difficult place to play, a tough team with a true fan base. I know about Phoenix. They're a top team in USL. Last year they won the league, which means everything. When I knew they wanted me, it was easy for me to say yes."

Cabral capped last season by scoring three goals for Colorado Rapids 2 in a 22-minute span of the second half to win, 4-2, vs. Minnesota United 2 on September 25. The hat-trick forced a three-way tie in the 2023 MLS NEXT Pro Golden Boot race. Cabral finished the season with 19 goals in just 1,410 minutes of regular-season action, making his goal output per 90-minutes played, 1.217.

"I was trying not to think about the golden boot race but everyone knew," said Cabral. "Two days prior to the game, MLS Next posted an article about the golden boot race. Everyone saw I was two goals behind so all they said to me that week was "a trick is coming." It was the first time I've scored three goals in a game."

Cabral began his professional career as a 17-year-old with the reserve side of Paris Saint-Germain in 2016. He appeared 30 times, scoring five goals between stints with French Championnat National 3 sides Valenciennes II and Metz II before joining LA Galaxy II for the 2021 season.

"Remi offers both sides of what we are looking for in a player in his position," said Phoenix Rising Head Coach Danny Stone. "He adds a dynamic element to the group because of his physical attributes but he also plays well and combines with his teammates. Remi is coming off a 19-goal season, so I expect him to come in with confidence. Equally significant, I've heard nothing but good things about him as a person and a teammate."

Cabral scored eight goals in 56 USL Championship appearances during the 2021-22 seasons but blossomed when last season when Rapids 2 asked him to transition into playing as a forward.

"I had been playing more as an attacking midfielder with LA Galaxy II," said Cabral. "I always felt I had more finishing ability in me and last season, when I joined Colorado, they asked me to play as a nine. I was like 'why not?' During training I always leaned towards playing more as a nine. In my first season at that position, I was fortunate enough to win the golden boot."

"I'm a technical player with speed," added Cabral, when asked about his playing style. "I can put the ball in the back of the net, but my first thing is to play well. I grew up with the mentality of needing to play well, not just kick the ball and run though, but play the right way, enjoy combining with your teammates and of course, don't forget to score goals."

Transaction: Rising signs forward Rémi Cabral

Name: Rémi Cabral

Position: Forward

Height: 6-0

Weight: 174

DOB: July 10, 1999 (24)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Hometown: Paris, France

Previous Club: Colorado Rapids

"Carlos was an integral part of what we were able to achieve as a club last year," said Stone. "A versatile player that can fit into several roles at the MLS level, he deserves this opportunity to move on to his next challenge. We send him with all our best wishes and hope he has nothing but success."

Harvey, who turns 24 next week, joined Rising on February 7, 2023. He scored five goals in 34 appearances, helping to lead Phoenix to its first USL Championship title. Harvey added two goals in U.S. Open Cup play, finishing the season with seven goals and six assists across all competitions.

Harvey took his game to the next level in the postseason, playing 405 minutes in four matches and setting up two goals scored by Danny Trejo in the first two rounds.

"The truth is Phoenix Rising prepared me very well and in the best way possible to face this new challenge," said Harvey. "Thanks to all my teammates and the technical staff, front office, and medical staff... All who prepared me in the best way for me to succeed. I am also very happy and very grateful to all the fans here in Phoenix. The entire city treated me in the best way possible. They made me feel at home."

Harvey began his career with Tauro FC of the Panamanian first division in October of 2018. He joined LA Galaxy on loan from Tauro ahead of the 2019 season and played 19 matches for LA Galaxy II in the USL Championship that season, scoring two goals. Harvey completed his transfer to the Galaxy in February of 2019 and made 10 MLS appearances for the MLS side in 2020-21.

During his time with LA, Harvey added 56 matches of USL Championship experience and six goals to his resume, while playing with Los Dos. He has appeared four times for the Panamanian National Team, scoring in one of two games last season. His international debut came against the U.S. Men's National Team at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on January 27, 2019.

Transaction: Rising transfers Carlos Harvey to MLS side, Minnesota United FC

Name: Carlos Harvey

Position: Midfielder

Height: 6-1

Weight: 180

DOB: February 3, 2000 (23)

Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

Hometown: Panama City, Panama

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