31-year-old defender suits up for eighth professional season, fourth in League One | Image Credit: Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
CARY, N.C. – North Carolina FC today announced the signing of 2022 USL League One All-League First Team defender Daniel Navarro. The 31-year-old Navarro was also a finalist for League One Defender of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year as he helped lead Chattanooga Red Wolves SC to the 2022 USL League One Final.
Navarro finished his third season with Chattanooga in 2022 and had 54 clearances, 14 blocks, 27 interceptions, won 34 of 45 tackles and 50 of 99 duels. He posted an 87.3% passing accuracy, including 59.4% on long passes. He recorded one goal on the year.
“Daniel will be a great addition to our club and immediately provide experience and leadership to our team. He has proven himself to be one of the best defenders in our league and I’m excited to have him now defending for North Carolina FC,” said NCFC Head Coach John Bradford.
Chattanooga navigated a mid-season coaching change to fight their way to the USL League One Final, downing top-seed Richmond in the semifinals with their second straight post-season clean sheet, before falling to South Georgia Tormenta FC. Navarro captained a back line that conceded 41 goals, five away from the fewest in the league. The Red Wolves led the league in total passes and tied for second in passing accuracy.