Charlotte, N.C. — The Charlotte Independence, a United Soccer League (USL) professional soccer team, announced on Tuesday the signing of midfielder Kay Voser, pending league and federation approval, as well as a receipt of his International Transfer Clearance. With the addition of Voser, the Independence roster sits at 15 players under contract for the 2018 season.
“We're really excited to have him,” said Charlotte Independence Head Coach Mike Jeffries. “He's a very good technical player and passer. He has a dynamic change-of-pace, but probably most importantly for us, he's a savvy tactical player.”
Voser comes to the Independence formerly playing for high-profile European clubs FC Basel, Fulham FC, and most recently FC Zürich. The most eye-catching feature of Voser’s resume is his experience with Basel in the 2013 UEFA Champions League. Teammates with current Liverpool FC star Mohamed Salah, Voser and Basel defeated Premier League side Chelsea twice in group play.
“We had a successful year winning the league, and twice against Chelsea,” said Voser. “It was a fantastic feeling. Playing at Stamford Bridge and winning against one of the best teams in the world, there's not much better than that.”
The Baden, Switzerland native says he’s never visited North Carolina, but was attracted by the prospects of living in Charlotte for the upcoming season.
“I've never been to Charlotte, but I asked a couple people who lived in America and they all talked well of the city,” said Voser. “That was a reason to come to the United States and Charlotte because the city is nice and I think I will enjoy my time there.”
Voser brings another diverse career experience joining Independence players who have played abroad such as Yann Ekra in France, Jungsoo Lee in South Korea and Calvin Doum in Cameroon.
“I don't know a lot about American football, but I'm sure tactically and technically I can bring my perspective to the team,” said Voser. “I hope I can push with the team to the playoffs and try to win the title.”
Self-described as a quick, tactical, technical player, Voser brings a bit of flexibility to the Independence. Coach Jeffries says Voser is experienced at both wingback positions, both outside midfield positions, and at central midfield where he forecasts as his best fit for the Independence.
“He's a guy who can see things and make good decisions on the ball,” added Jeffries. “With his experience and background, we expect him to lift the level of the group.”
Charlotte Independence, a United Soccer League professional soccer team, will kick off the 2018 season at the Sportsplex at Matthews on Saturday, March 17th when the Independence hosts Ottawa Fury FC. Single-game tickets are now available. For details on the upcoming schedule and Season Memberships visit charlotteindependence.com or call 704-206-1515.