16-year-old prodigy signs with Charlotte FC

Brian Romero, 16, on Wednesday became the first Charlotte FC Academy player to sign a contract with the Major League Soccer (MLS) club.

16-year-old prodigy signs with Charlotte FC

Brian Romero, 16, on Wednesday became the first Charlotte FC Academy player to sign a contract with the Major League Soccer (MLS) club.

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The midfielder will evolve in the bosom of the club at least until 2026. An option for the 2027 campaign is also planned.

“Becoming the first recruit [from the Charlotte FC Academy] is a dream come true, commented the teenager, according to a press release from the team. It's an emotional time for me and my family and I'm very excited for what's to come as a professional."

The American stood out in a friendly match against Chealsea on July 22. On his first-ever appearance on the pitch for Charlotte FC on an 89th-minute substitution, he forced an opponent into the penalty area. Result: Daniel Rios scored to tie and Charlotte FC prevailed 5-3 on penalties.

"Brian is a great young man who loves playing football and is hungry to become the best player he can be," said sporting director Zoran Krneta. He showed his talent at the Academy level. He has the potential to become one of the best talents in the country.”

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