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Defensive leader Nick Spielman returns to Charlotte

By Staff, 01/03/24, 4:30PM EST


First-year Jack helped Independence to 2023 USL League One Final

First-year Jack helped Independence to 2023 USL League One Final | Image Credit: North Carolina FC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte Independence today announced that defender Nick Spielman signed a new contract with the club for the 2024 season. Spielman was a last-minute addition to the squad as the 2023 season began and proved to be a crucial asset across the backline.

"Welcoming Nick back to the team was a priority this offseason," Head Coach Mike Jeffries stated. "Coming in as a trial player, Nick was the one constant at the back for us throughout the season. His ability on the ball to make the right pass and maintain possession allowed us to play through lines and build from the back; defensively, he provided steadiness and consistency – cutting off plays and winning his individual duals." 

In his first season with the Independence, Spielman finished second in USL League One with his 158 regular-season clearances. Solid in the center of the defense, Spielman helped the Jacks earn 10 clean sheets.

Spielman was one of six players to play in every game of the 2023 season for the Jacks and led all field players in minutes played (3,155). Spielman also added two goals and four appearances on the USL League One Team of the Week in his first season in the league.

"I'm blessed and honored to be coming back to Charlotte," Spielman said. "I look forward to another great year. We have some unfinished business."

A native of Melbourne, Fla., Spielman played three seasons at East Tennessee State University before starting his professional career for NISA club Chattanooga FC. He appeared in a total of 52 matches accumulating 4,060 minutes played and scored one goal across three years with CFC.

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