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2 Charlotte Independence Youth Soccer Club Players Sign Their First USL Academy Contracts

March 17, 2023 - United Soccer League One (USL1)
Charlotte Independence News Release

CHARLOTTE N.C. - The Charlotte Independence announced today the signing of two Charlotte Independence Soccer Club youth members to their first USL Academy contracts ahead of the 2023 season. Marco Wright and Aidan Morrison join the Jacks first team, continuing the Independence's pathway to professional soccer for young players in Charlotte.

"We are happy to add a solid group of Academy players to our roster this year," Charlotte Independence Head Coach Mike Jeffries said. "These players have all developed well with the youth club and compete well with our group every day. This year, with a smaller roster, I am expecting and looking forward to contributions from them."

Wright is committed to play college soccer at Campbell University starting this fall after he graduates from Gaston Day School. He has won three state championships for the Spartans where he scored a goal and earned an assist in the 2022 NCISAA 2A state championship.

"I'm most looking forward to playing and learning from the great players around me," Wright said.

With the Independence's ECNL U17 team, Morrison made First Team All-Conference. He was selected for the ECNL National Selection Game in South Carolina and Virginia. Morrison is committed to play Division I soccer at The College of William & Mary after he graduates from East Lincoln High School where he was named to the 2022 All-State team.

"I'm very excited to sign my first academy contract with Charlotte Independence," Morrison said. "I'm looking forward to taking my game to the next level and the opportunity to work with such a great group of players and staff. I can't wait to play in front of all the fans at Memorial Stadium."

The Charlotte Independence kick off the 2023 USL League One season against the Richmond Kickers on Saturday, March 18 at American Legion Memorial Stadium. Home opener tickets are on sale now at

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