Chattanooga Red Wolves SC has inked Irish forward Éamon Zayed to its USL League One team. The USL standout will join the franchise in 2019 from the Charlotte Independence, pending league and federation approval.
As a prolific forward for the Independence’s offense, Zayed played an essential role in the team’s success, tallying eight goals and two assists during the 2018 regular season. According to Tim Hankinson, head coach and technical director for Chattanooga Red Wolves SC, Zayed makes an impressive addition to the Red Wolves roster.
"Éamon is an incredibly dynamic attacking player with a natural knack for finding the net," said Hankinson. "His international experience coupled with his USL presence make him a strong addition to our team. He will be an exciting player to watch."
Prior to joining the Independence, Zayed spent two seasons with Indy Eleven, playing under Hankinson. Eamon was the only player in the league to register double-digit goals in consecutive seasons, earning him a spot on the all-league team and MVP nominations in both the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He left Indy as the club’s leading goal scorer, and that accolade still stands today as he finished with 27 goals and nine assists in 60 games.
"I am very grateful for the opportunity to continue my playing career and join the Chattanooga Red Wolves SC family under Coach Hankinson," said Zayed. "A promising program is being built, and I am excited to be a part of the beginnings."
Zayed has seen the field for teams in countries around the world, including the United States, Iran, Ireland, England and Libya. He clocks in as the second player signee for the club as it continues to build out its roster.