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Pecka Returns to North Carolina FC for the 2022 Season

December 6, 2021 - United Soccer League One (USL1) - North Carolina FC News Release

CARY, NC - North Carolina FC announced today that veteran midfielder Pecka has signed a contract with the club for the 2022 season, returning in a transitional role. The deal is pending league and federation approval, as well as P1 Visa approval.

Pecka is returning to North Carolina FC with a blended role of professional transition and Academy coaching. The Brazilian international collected 19 appearances with the club last season, scoring a goal and receiving a nomination for USL League One Goal of the Week.

" I am very happy to be back at NCFC, a big club with a great stadium and training facilities," Pecka said. "I return to NCFC because I fully believe in the club project and that we are going to fight to be in the playoffs and win the league championship. I am happy for this challenge and it only motivates me more."

The veteran was also selected by his teammates as the recipient of the Leadership Award, having sported the captain's band in 11 of his 19 appearances.

"I'm excited to bring Pecka back into our roster as his experience and leadership will be vital to our group going forward," said Head Coach John Bradford. "I'm also thrilled to bring him into our NCFC Academy staff, as he will have a great impact on our future players on the field and in their transition to the next phases of their careers, whether that be to college or to professional soccer."

Additional Roster Updates:

North Carolina FC has parted ways with Thorn Simpson as he returns to play in the Jamaican Premier League this month.

"I'd like to thank Thorn for his contributions this past season and wish him the best as he returns to Jamaica," said Bradford.

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