On Tuesday, the Charlotte Independence announced midfielder Jun Marques-Davidson would return to the club on a new contract for 2017, pending U.S. Soccer and USL approval.
CHARLOTTE, N.C.- On Tuesday, the Charlotte Independence announced midfielder Jun Marques-Davidson would return to the club on a new contract for 2017, pending U.S. Soccer and USL approval.
The 33-year-old veteran returns to the Independence for his second season with the team and his 15th as a professional. Davidson is formerly of Vancouver Whitecaps FC of the MLS, the Carolina Railhawks of the NASL, and most recently, Siam Navy of the Thai League.
Davidson looks to be a leader among a roster that mixes returning rookies with seasoned soldiers.
“It’s important to have a team that balances this dynamic,” said Davidson. “Every player has their own qualities and certain times of the season, good times and bad times, the team needs those qualities and they can help and contribute to the team.”
Davidson recorded 28 starts and played minutes in all 30 regular season USL matches. The Tokyo, Japan native scored a career-high two goals in the 2016 campaign and tallied 11 shots with five on goal.
“Jun is a key guy for us,” said Charlotte Independence Head Coach Mike Jeffries. “He provides tremendous leadership and has an excellent soccer brain. He’s able to see things and manage the game fantastically well.”
Insistent on boasting about his teammate’s professionalism, Davidson thinks that the younger players have shown maturity in their inexperience, but he will lend a wise word if necessary.
“If a player needs some advice or wants my thoughts, I’m there and I love to help the player as much as I can," said Davidson. "However, we have many younger players who have good professional minds and I’m lucky to work with this group.”
With the addition of Davidson, the Independence now have 11 players announced returning for 2017. The next step in the off-season process will be the first slate of open tryouts held at the OrthoCarolina Sportsplex (13301 Dorman Road, Pineville, NC 28134) this weekend.