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Nelson Flores and Luis Arriaga Sign New Contracts with North Carolina FC

December 1, 2021 - United Soccer League One (USL1) - North Carolina FC News Release

CARY, NC - North Carolina FC announced today that Nelson Flores and Luis Arriaga have signed new contracts for the 2022 season, with options for 2023, pending league and federation approval.

Upon his re-signing, Nelson Flores will begin his fourth season with the club following the 2017, 2018 and 2021 seasons. Flores made 27 appearances for North Carolina FC last season, starting 25 of 28 matches and recording three assists while excelling in a new position at left back. The 22-year-old was named to the USL League One Team of the Week in Weeks 21, 28, and 29, and was subsequently called up to the El Salvadorian National Team, for which he made his debut in an international friendly on November 6.

Likewise returning to the club, Luis Arriaga cemented his status as a valuable player in the attacking midfield last season. In 22 appearances, the Santa Rosa native collected a goal and two assists in 1,531 minutes of playing time, making his North Carolina FC debut in their season opener against Greenville Triumph SC. He also donned the captain's band in two matches, displaying leadership characteristics both on and off the field.

"I'm extremely excited to bring back Nelson Flores and Luis Arriaga to North Carolina FC," said Head Coach John Bradford. "Nelson has grown well into his role as a left back and I'm sure his development will continue to accelerate with NCFC and internationally with El Salvador. Luis is a tremendous competitor and will build on a great 2021 with even more responsibility in our midfield in 2022. We are happy to welcome these players back as we continue to build a strong roster for the upcoming season."

Additional Roster Updates:

The club has elected not to exercise options for Malyk Hamilton, Shermaine Martina, Peter Pearson, Jake McGuire, Malick Mbaye, and Josh Coan. Daniel Steedman is out of contract. North Carolina FC would like to thank these players for their contributions to the club throughout the 2021 season.

"I appreciate the work that our players put in this past season and I wish Shermaine, Daniel, Malyk, Peter, Jake, Josh and Malick the best in the next steps of their careers." said Bradford.

More NCFC roster updates will be announced later this week.

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