February 25, 2011 - United Soccer League (USL) - Charlotte Eagles
The Charlotte Eagles are pleased to announce the signing of Chris Salvaggione for the 2011 USL PRO season, pending USSF approval.
Blessed with an incredible technical ability and a student's love of the game, Chris Salvaggione returns to Charlotte after playing collegiately at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. While at UNC Charlotte he was named to the All-Atlantic 10 First Team and the NSCAA/Adidas All-Mid-Atlantic second team as a junior, and was the A-10 Offensive Player of the Year, an NSCAA Second Team All-American, and a Hermann Trophy semi-finalist as a senior. Salvaggione also played in the USL Premier Development League for the Real Colorado Foxes and the Colorado Rapids Reserve Team.
Salvaggione's college coach, Jeremy Gunn had a chance to comment on his former player. "We are very excited for Chris to be signing with the Charlotte Eagles. He will be returning to the city where he had a standout collegiate career and made such a great impression culminating on him being a Herman Trophy Candidate and an NSCAA All-American. I have seen Chris develop as a high school, collegiate, and professional player while also seeing him mature into a fine young man. His former team mates will now get to look forward to playing him a few months time in an exhibition game! We really enjoy working with the Eagles, most recently hosting their exhibition matches against the New England Revolution of the MLS, and Bolton Wanderers FC of the English Premier League. We benefit greatly from having such a fine organization on our doorstep that continues to strengthen the soccer community of Charlotte. We wish Chris and his new team the best of luck this year."
Following school, Salvaggione was drafted in the third round (38th overall) of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft by New England Revolution and trialed with several clubs in Germany, including FC Saarbrucken, FSV Frankfurt and KSV Klein-Karben. Turning down contract offers in Germany, the Fort Collins, Colorado native signed his first professional contract with A.C. St. Louis of the North American Soccer League in 2010, and nearly helped the expansion club secure a playoff berth.
"I am excited to play for the Eagles and return to Charlotte," said Salvaggione. "The University and the city were incredibly supportive while I was in college, and I am ready to show that my game has progressed, and that I can be an impact player for the Eagles. The expanded schedule and the inclusion of so many great teams is going to make for a competitive season, and I am confident that between the coaching staff, the players' dedication, and the incredible community support, that the Eagles can be one of the league's top teams."
The Eagles play all home games in South Charlotte at Charlotte Christian School. Fans at Eagles games have the great opportunity of seeing professional soccer in a family-friendly entertaining atmosphere at affordable prices! With the Charlotte Eagles you are more than a fan, you are a member of our team!