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Louisville City Signs Wes Charpie

February 25, 2020 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Louisville City FC News Release

HERRIMAN, UTAH - Louisville City Football Club announced the signing of defender Wes Charpie on Tuesday. Charpie joined Louisville City on its preseason training trip to Herriman, Utah, for the 2020 Wasatch Cup.

"Wes is a versatile defender that we know well," Louisville City coach and Sporting Director John Hackworth said. "While he has primarily played as a right-back or left-back during his professional career, we thought that with his physical abilities that he could make the transition to be a central defender. During the matches in Utah, he played well as one of our left center backs. In addition, he is a person of character who we feel will fit well with our culture."

The 27-year old Florida native will be eligible immediately pending federation approval. Charpie played in all three matches during the Wasatch Cup trip, helping Louisville City win the Cup with wins over the Colorado Springs Switchbacks and Real Monarchs.

"Joining Louisville City is a great opportunity for me," Charpie said. "Louisville City is a club known around the country to be first-class, and players all around the league want to play here - not only for how Louisville City runs its club - but also because of the incredible success they've had over the first five seasons. I'm excited to get the opportunity to join this team so we can try to bring another championship here to Louisville."

Charpie began his path to the pros while playing with USL League Two side Reading United during the summers while he was a four-year starter at the University of South Florida. An All-American Athletic Conference selection in 2014, Charpie was selected with the eighth pick of the second round of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. Charpie played for Toronto FC II in 2015, moved to Saint Louis FC in 2016 and the Jacksonville Armada in 2018 before spending last season playing for Memphis 901 FC.

Charpie will wear No. 6 for Louisville City. Louisville City will play Forward Madison from USL League One in a preseason match Tuesday afternoon before closing out the preseason schedule Saturday at the University of Kentucky. Louisville City opens the 2020 USL Championship schedule March 7 at North Carolina FC.

Pronunciation Guide:

Charpie: SHAR-pee (like the markers)

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LouCity's 2020 roster, listed alphabetically by position:

Goalkeepers (3): Chris Hubbard, Ben Lundt, Muamer Ugarak

Defenders (7): Wes Charpie, Oscar Jimenez, Pat McMahon, Jimmy Ockford, Alexis Souahy, Sean Totsch, Akil Watts

Midfielders (7): Corben Bone, Paolo DelPiccolo, Napo Matsoso, Niall McCabe, Magnus Rasmussen, Speedy Williams, Elijah Wynder

Forwards (6): George Davis IV, Antoine Hoppenot, Cameron Lancaster, Brian Ownby, Luke Spencer, Abdou Thiam

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