There are best friends. And then there are friends who know best.
A couple of key players for Phoenix FC, the new USL professional soccer team in the Valley, most likely fall somewhere in between.
Devon Grousis and Cyprian Hedrick have been teammates numerous times – past and present.
In fact, when you examine Devon earning a spot on the Phoenix FC roster as a defender, there are two key people to credit – his father and his friend.
See, as a teenager, Devon got an ultimatum from his Dad.
"My Dad said: ‘either you have to work or you have to play soccer.' So, (that was) an easy decision," Devon said through a wide smile.
After high school and college, Devon's soccer career then got a big assist from Cyprian, who convinced Devon to leave behind his job as a web site developer to give soccer one more shot.
Call it a shot that found the back of the net. The sort of helping hand that's legal in soccer.
Now, both players can be found playing for Phoenix FC during its inaugural season