The 15 NCFC Academy products now signed to the club's professional first team demonstrate NCFC's continuing commitment to developing young players / Photo courtesy North Carolina FC
CARY, N.C. - North Carolina FC announced Wednesday that the club has signed 15 players from the NCFC Academy to USL Academy contracts. Will Buete, Curtis DeLeon, Britton Fischer, Cole Frame, Nicholas Holliday, Drew Kerr, Marvin Mariche, Nata Martinez, Collin McCamy, Aaron Messer, Parker O’Ferral, Yekeson Subah, Samuel Terranova, Rohit Thakur, and Caden Tolentino will be available to train and play in USL League One matches with the club's professional first team while maintaining their college eligibility.
“In January, we made the strategic move to compete in USL League One to build and invest in a clear youth-to-professional player pathway and development model,” said NCFC Head Coach John Bradford. “Today’s signing of 15 youth Academy players marks a key moment for our club, as we take the first of many steps in bringing this vision to life. This landmark signing serves as a message to our community, both locally and nationally, that North Carolina FC is the place to be for professional development. I’m excited to bring this deserving group of academy standouts and our professionals together to build a highly competitive development environment for all.”
The 15 USL Academy signings, who range in age from 15 to 18, will join the NCFC roster which already includes Nazmi Albadawi, Luis Arriaga, Josh Coan, Malyk Hamilton, Robert Kristo, Shermain Martina, Malick Mbaye, Jake McGuire, Selmir Miscic, Pecka, and Peter Pearson.