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Charlotte FC striker Kerwin Vargas signs new contract
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Charlotte FC striker Kerwin Vargas signs new contract

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May 9, 2024 – Major League Soccer (MLS)
Charlotte FC news story

CHARLOTTE, NC – Charlotte FC today announced that forward Kerwin Vargas has signed a new contract with the Club through 2027, with a Club option for 2028.

“I am very happy to stay with Charlotte FC,” said Vargas. “I think it’s a great organization and club to join, and I’m extremely excited to be here and for what’s to come.”


Vargas has the fourth most appearances of all time (60) for Charlotte FC since joining the Club in May 2022. In the MLS, he scored six goals and added six assists in 52 regular season appearances.

“We are delighted to secure Kerwin’s long-term future with Charlotte FC and sign him to a new contract starting in 2025,” said managing director Zoran Krneta. “Since signing for us as a 20-year-old, Kerwin has earned his place as a valuable member of our attack and received his first call-up to the Colombian national youth team. This new contract is a milestone for the Club as he becomes our first U-22 initiative player re-signs with us and demonstrates our commitment to developing and rewarding young international players through this selection mechanism.

Vargas was originally signed from Portugal’s CD Feirense in May 2022, where he broke through to their academy’s first team. The Colombian was signed as a U-22 Initiative player, which allows teams to secure top young prospects on a lower salary budget. Click here for more information about the U-22 Initiative and the MLS Roster Rules and Regulations.

The winger will continue to occupy a U-22 Initiative slot for the remainder of 2024 before the new contract comes into effect in 2025. Additionally, he does not occupy an international slot after obtaining his green card before the 2024 season.

Notably, Vargas scored the winning goal against Inter Miami CF on Decision Day in 2023, sealing CLTFC’s first-ever playoff berth, before scoring an incredible bicycle kick against the New York Red Bulls in the subsequent Wild Card Playoff match. He scored three goals in the last three games of the 2023 season, including the play-offs.

In 2024, Vargas has started all ten matches to start the season, opening his goalscoring account in a 3–2 home win over Toronto FC on April 13.

He added a second goal to that total with the opener against New York City FC on April 27.

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