CHARLOTTE, NC (Aug. 31, 2016) — The Charlotte Independence today announced that the USL club has received defender Joseph Greenspanon loan from its MLS affiliate the Colorado Rapids. Per the loan agreement, the Rapids retain the right to recall the 24-year-old defender at any point during the MLS regular season, subject to MLS roster compliance guidelines.
The Rapids drafted Greenspan in the second round, 26th overall, of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. An ensign in the U.S. Navy, he officially signed with the Rapids on June 5, 2015, having been granted permission to train and play for the club around the fulfillment of his Naval duties. The defender made his Rapids debut on June 16 in a 4-1 home win over USL’s Colorado Springs Switchbacks in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and was among the goal scorers.
Greenspan’s MLS debut came just eight days later when he started at right back in a 2-0 loss at Orlando City SC. He featured again in the team’s next outing, a 2-0 reversal at Sporting KC. The defender’s last appearance of 2015 came late in a 1-0 home defeat to the Montreal Impact on Oct. 10. Greenspan has not yet recorded any MLS minutes with the Rapids during the 2016 season.
A native of Westfield, NJ, Greenspan graduated as one of the most decorated players in the history of Navy men’s soccer. In May 2015 he was awarded the NAAA Sword for Men, which is presented to the man of the graduating class who is considered by the Association’s Athletic Council to have personally excelled in men’s athletics during his years of varsity competition.
Greenspan earned All-American honors as both a junior and senior, as well as lead the Mids to Navy’s first NCAA tournament win in 42 years in 2013. He was tabbed Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year for back-to-back seasons in 2013 and 2014. The defender was named a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist in 2014 and became Navy’s all-time leader in career games played with 78. Greenspan played over 1,900 minutes in each of his last two seasons, helping Navy post nine shutouts with a 0.65 goals-against average in 2014. Additional accolades include NSCAA All-Northeast Region First Team, ECAC All-Star First Team and All-Patriot League First Team.
Greenspan is immediately eligible to appear in the Independence’s next match, a home contest versus FC Cincinnati on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Kickoff at Ramblewood Stadium is scheduled for 7:00pm ET. Charlotte (11-7-6, 39 points) currently ranks seventh in the USL Eastern Conference, with the top eight teams advancing to the postseason. There are just six regular-season games remaining for 2016.