Charlotte (N.C.) — On Wednesday, the Charlotte Independence announced the signing of rookie, forward Jaime Siaj pending the receipt of his P-1 visa and approval from U.S. Soccer. The 21-year-old was drafted by the Colorado Rapids in the 3rd round (45th overall) of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft this past January.
“It’s good to come here after being drafted by Colorado,” said Siaj. “I think I’m still young and have to grow a lot, but the Independence is the ideal place.”
During his colligate career at Pfeiffer University , Siaj recorded 47 goals and 28 assists while appearing in 69 games for the Falcons. In 2015, Pfeiffer won the 2015 NCAA Division II Men's soccer Championship.
“Jaime has got great attacking instincts," said Independence Head Coach Mike Jeffries. "He lit it up at the [Independence-Colorado Combine] invitational. He's a guy that has set up and scored a ton of goals at Pfeiffer from a wide position, which is not his natural position, so he has capability in front of the goal.”
In 2016, Siaj played for the Charlotte Eagles of the Premier Development League, notching 13 games played and four goals. The Madrid, Spain native is a product of the Real Madrid youth system.
“Playing with [Real Madrid] makes you a better player every single day, every single training,” said Siaj. “It was a really nice experience to learn new systems and I think I will always carry that learning experience with me.”
The Independence take on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds this Saturday. The match kicks off at 7:00 PM ET at Eagle Field on the campus of Winthrop University. For ticketing information please visit charlotteindependence.com.