23-year-old brings USL Championship experience
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 10, 2022) – The Charlotte Independence announced today that the club had acquired goalkeeper Derrek Chan on a short-term loan from USL Championship club New York Red Bulls II, pending league and federation approval. The Jacks continue their USL League One season this Saturday, June 11 with a road match at Richmond Kickers.
Chan signed with the Red Bulls in March 2022 making his professional debut one month later coming on as a substitute during a USL Championship match vs. FC Tulsa. In May, New York announced that Chan had been loaned to Rochester New York FC for their U.S. Open Cup match against New York City FC. The Red Bulls recalled him immediately after the game. Chan went on to make his first professional start for the Red Bulls later that month vs. Indy Eleven.
In 2017, Chan attended the University of California, Davis to play college soccer. He made 16 appearances for the Aggies, 15 of those in his final season in 2021 where he recorded 45 saves and tallied four shutouts.
While at college, Chan also appeared in USL League Two for Orange County SC U23 in 2018, making a single appearance.
The California native played high school soccer at Orange Lutheran High School. He was a three-time team defensive MVP and earned All-Trinity League honors in his final prep season.
Chan also played club soccer for various teams in California, including West Coast FC, who he helped lead to titles at the National Cup, the Surf Cup Super Cup, and the Vegas Cup, as well as a SCDCL Flight One title. Chan also competed for the CalSouth ODP, LA Galaxy Academy, Strikers FC Academy, and FC Golden State Academy teams.
The Charlotte Independence take on Richmond Kickers this Saturday, June 11 at City Stadium in Richmond, Virginia. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. ET. Fans can live stream the match for free at bahakelsports.com.