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Charlotte FC Signs Striker Karol Świderski as First Designated Player in Club History

January 26, 2022 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Charlotte FC News Release


CHARLOTTE, NC - Charlotte FC today announced the Club has signed striker Karol Świderski from PAOK to a Designated Player contract through the 2025 season with an option for 2026.

The move is pending receipt of a P-1 visa and ITC. The 25-year-old will occupy an international roster slot on the Club's inaugural roster.

Świderski, who broke through with the Polish national team in 2021 and earned a spot on their roster for last summer's European Championship, joined PAOK in 2018 and scored 35 goals in 135 appearances while adding 14 assists. In Greece, Świderski won three trophies including the 2018-19 Super League Greece and two Greek Cups.

"We're delighted to welcome a player of Karol's caliber to Charlotte FC to spearhead our attack. He's proven to be a lethal goal scorer at both the club and international level, and to secure his signing as our first Designated Player is an excellent achievement for our Club," said Sporting Director Zoran Krneta. "Karol's profile as a striker is everything we need in a number nine and he is a player who is entering the prime of his career. His performances for Poland on the international stage speak for themselves and we're confident Karol will be one of the toughest strikers to defend in the league. Additionally, he has a high work ethic, a title-winning mentality, and will bring excellent leadership and character into the locker room."

The 25-year-old striker made his debut for Poland in March 2021 where he scored off the bench in a 3-0 World Cup Qualifier win against Andorra. Świderski would go on to make nine total appearances during the qualifying campaign, netting five goals en route to helping Poland to a second-place finish in Group I. With the second-place finish, Świderski and Poland will enter the UEFA World Cup Qualifying Playoffs in March to try and book their spot in the 2022 World Cup.

Świderski played in all three matches for Poland during last summer's EURO 2020 which included starting in tandem with 2021 Ballon d'Or Striker of the Year, Robert Lewandowski, during a 1-1 draw against Spain.

The striker began his career in his native Poland when he signed his first professional contract with Jagiellonia Białystok. He would score 25 goals in 128 appearances for Jagiellonia before being bought by PAOK.

Świderski is the second Polish player on CLTFC's inaugural roster following Jan Sobocinski. The pair know each other well having gone to school together in their childhood.

Transaction: Charlotte FC acquire striker Karol Świderski from PAOK on a Designated Player contract

Name: Karol Świderski

Position: Forward

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 170 lbs

Date of Birth: January 23, 1997

Age: 25

Birthplace: Rawicz, Poland

Last Club: PAOK (Pow - k)

How Acquired: Permanent transfer; Signed to Designated Player contract


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