|Charlotte FC gears up for opening of MLS transfer window|
|Team looks to add talent for 2022|
|Published Monday, August 10, 2020 4:20 pm|
|PHOTO | MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER|
|Charlotte FC expects to use Major League Soccer's transfer window to sign players for its inaugural season in 2022. The window is open Aug. 12-Oct. 29.|
The Major League Soccer expansion franchise, as well as other clubs, enters the league’s secondary transfer window, which begins Aug. 12 – a day after the MLS is Back Tournament final between Portland and Orlando. The window remains open through Oct. 29.
“There’s work going on right now on a couple of targets that we think are very interesting,” Tepper Sports and Entertainment President Tom Glick said. “That’s going to be a core focus of what we do.”
Charlotte signed Spanish midfielder Sergio Ruiz during the two-day transfer window in July. He occupies one of their eight international roster spots, which the league added in 2008. However, those slots are tradeable in full season increments, so a club may have more or less than eight because with trades, a limit on the number of international roster spots on a roster does not exist.
Charlotte’s inaugural season was postponed to 2022 due to the coronavirus, so they will loan any players signed during the transfer window. Club Sporting Director Zoran Krneta is focused on sending players to second division leagues like England’s Championship or Spain’s Segunda Division, which Ruiz knows well, having signed with Charlotte from Racing Santander.
Krneta said they will build around Ruiz and will look to bring in players who fit the spine of the team during the transfer window. Potential positions they will sign in the coming months include central defender, defensive central midfielder, offensive central midfielder and striker.
“We’re going to have to prepare and look at the players who would fit our playing style who would fit, potentially, the future head coach’s ideas, and also the players who will be building blocks like Sergio is,” Krneta said. “Sergio is the first building block of our future team.”
Charlotte intends to use the economic challenges of COVID-19 to their advantage. Glick used the example of Ruiz, where several clubs were interested in him, but could not afford the transfer fee, because of their economic status. However, they are able to pay his salary as a player on loan.
“If there is an opportunity for us to get the player on a discounted price in terms of the transfer fee and the salary, then we will need to look at that,” Krneta said.
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