Charlotte (N.C.) — On Wednesday, the Charlotte Independence announced they have acquired forward, Casey Townsend on a season-long loan from the United Soccer League’s (USL) FC Cincinnati. Townsend was selected 5th overall by Chivas USA in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.
“Casey plays as a natural nine,” said Independence Head Coach Mike Jeffries. “He has a great goal-scoring history, has great movement up front, and brings a different dimension to our team.”
Townsend, 27, is an USL veteran having previously played for the Richmond Kickers (on loan from D.C. United), Tampa Bay Rowdies, Oklahoma City Energy FC, and Wilmington Hammerheads FC.
“I think it's a great situation for us to bring in a guy at this point in the season with his experience and his background,” said Jeffries. “I think it's important that we have another powerful player that is strong in the air and has the ability to hold balls to get others into the game.”
In Townsend’s 2016 campaign, the Michigan native scored three goals, including one against the Independence in Wilmington’s 2-1 away win on July 9th.
The former University of Maryland player, Townsend will be available for Charlotte’s season opener this Saturday’s game at Transamerica Field on the campus of UNC Charlotte. Kickoff is at 7:00 pm ET. Tickets can be purchased at charlotteindependence.com.