Charlotte (NC) — The Charlotte Independence pro soccer team announced 16-year-old Independence Soccer Club defender Owen Barber has been signed to an academy contract. Barber is the fourth player from Independence Soccer Club to be promoted to the first team joining goalkeeper Lucas Hatsios, midfielder Ryan Baer and midfielder Steven Cordova.
Additionally, Lucas Hatsios was called into the U.S. Soccer Boys’ National U-16 Team Talent Identification training camp at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, California last week. Hatsois was one of 59 players selected from a national player pool to showcase their talents in games against youth teams from Club Tijuana and LA Galaxy.
“Our goalkeeping staff from the first team to the development academy all work together in creating an excellent environment for our players and Lucas is a product of that”, said Independence SC Development Academy Director Kevin Flanagan. “The culture we are creating here at the club is geared toward producing top players and developing great people.”
The Charlotte Independence Soccer Club was formed this past spring with the goal of raising the profile of soccer by being the industry leaders in youth soccer. Since, the club has developed a clear path to professional soccer culminating to the USL Championship first team. As one of the largest youth soccer systems in the country, Independence SC services over 12,000 members in the Belmont, Cabarrus, Charlotte, Denver, Gastonia, Mooresville, North Meck, South Charlotte, Statesville, Steele Creek, Fort Mill and Rock Hill areas.
The Charlotte Independence first team will continue in USL Championship regular season play this Saturday, September 28th at the Sportsplex at Matthews. The Independence will host a Fall Festival which includes fun activities such as inflatables, soccer tennis, cornhole, live music and drawings for free prizes. Gates open at 5:00 PM ET and the Charlotte Independence will face the Hartford Athletic presented by Duckworth's Grill and Taphouse at 7:00 PM ET.