Photo courtesy William Brown / Charlotte Independence
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte Independence announced on Tuesday that veteran midfielder and fan favorite Jorge Herrera would return for the 2017 USL season, pending league and federation approval.
The Colombian-born Herrera will be returning for his third season with the Independence and as one of the most successful players in USL history slating 40 goals and 25 assists before his upcoming 11th season.
“I've been a part of the Independence since day one and it is an honor to be able to keep playing professional soccer with this organization,” Herrera said. “To be honest, I didn't choose the Independence, I just accepted a great invitation from my team.”
Herrera, recorded seven goals and two assists in the 2016 season as the Independence reached the USL Cup Playoffs for the first time. He is the 12th returning player for the Independence heading into the 2017 preseason as the club returns a strong group for its third season in the league.
“Having a big group of guys coming back is a big plus for the team. It is easier heading into the preseason with a group of friends that you have worked with for a whole season,” Herrera said. “Now, we can focus on continuing to grow as a team, instead of getting to know each other.”