Charlotte, (N.C) - On Wednesday, the Charlotte Independence announced the re-signing of goalkeeper, Kyle Renfro for the 2017 season, pending league and U.S. Soccer approval. This is Renfro’s second season with the Independence and his fourth career season, with previous stops at the United Soccer Leagues’ Harrisburg City Islanders and Charlotte Eagles.
“I'm most excited about getting back on the field with the boys,” said Renfro. “We become a family last year and I'm looking forward to growing as a group again.”
Charlotte Independence Head Coach Mike Jeffries looks forward to Renfro’s return due to his persistent positive attitude and the importance of quality depth, acknowledging fortuitous nature of team injuries last season.
“It's very difficult to come in as a goalkeeper knowing that you may not play during the season and maintain a really strong training mentality,” said Coach Jeffries. “[To] work hard, to push yourself and the guys around you, it's difficult, but Kyle was able to do that last year.”
Not only did Renfro fill an important role on the team, but he made a sizable impact in the community last summer when he lead the first-ever keeper camp hosted by the Charlotte Independence.
“I've always been a big believer of getting into the community and helping the youth,” said Renfro.
Although Renfro did not record any regular season playing time last season, Coach Jeffries notes the Virginia Tech alumni brings more ability to the team than his on-field skill.
“He's always willing and wanting to do extra work,” said Coach Jeffries. “Kyle is a great representative of the Independence. I think [coaching youth camps] is good for his coaching career and helps add to his ability.”
“I remember growing up having professional athletes introduce the game of soccer to me,” said Renfro. “I think it's important to give back and inspire others the way I once was.”