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Independence Receives Caleb Calvert On Loan From Colorado Rapids

By James Thomas, 08/31/17, 3:00PM EDT


Independence offense receives reinforcements as rising MLS star returns to Charlotte.

Charlotte (N.C.) — The Charlotte Independence announced on Thursday that forward Caleb Calvert has joined the team on a season-long loan from Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer. This is Calvert’s third loan stint in Charlotte over the past three season.

With Colorado this season, the 20-year-old has 12 appearances, while recording one goal and one assist. In the prior two seasons with Charlotte, Calvert made 41 appearance with eight goals and four assists. In 2016, his breakout six-goal and two-assist season landed Calvert on the USL’s 20-Under-20 list of top young talent.

“I'm a completely different person,” said Calvert. “Honestly, [Charlotte] has changed me for the better and even this year at Colorado has changed me, so hopefully I can bring something to the table.”

Calvert comes to a second-place Independence team at an opportune time as Jorge Herrera has been out of the 18-man selection due to injury and other absences effect the offense. In the past five games, Charlotte has one win.

“I'm excited to be here,” said Calvert. “It's a great opportunity to come in to a team that's doing so well and be a part of that and hopefully win a championship.”

The Independence will next take on the Richmond Kickers at the Sportsplex at Matthews this Saturday, September 2nd. Post-game fireworks will follow Military Appreciation Night saluting our service heroes and community partners, Charlotte Bridge Homes. Tickets are on sale at

Per the Right of Recall incorporated in the loan agreement, the Rapids retain the right to recall Calvert at any point during the remainder of the MLS regular season, subject to MLS roster compliance guidelines.