CARY, N.C. (May 9, 2019) – North Carolina FC U23 has announced its 2019 roster for the USL League Two season. This year’s exciting roster takes the club’s youth-to-pro values to the next level, bringing in a team full of NCFC Youth Academy products and other top talents from local universities.
“The USL League Two program is an extremely important piece of the overall North Carolina FC pathway,” said NCFC U23 Technical Director John Bradford. “It represents a vital step for players, either currently in the collegiate environment or within our own Development Academy, who have the aspiration and the quality to be a professional player in the future. We have compiled a high-quality roster of players who can perform on the field and also understand our club and community. We look forward to getting started with this group this season.”
The roster highlights North Carolina Football Club’s connection to NCFC Youth with 17 former NCFC Youth and NCFC Youth Academy players on the roster. Jamil Gracia, David Mejia, Will Pulisic, George Marks, Jose Morales Jr. and Alex Rose are returnees to the team after playing for NCFC U-23 in the 2018 and/or 2017 seasons. Additionally, today’s announced roster will be added to throughout the season, providing other local players with opportunities to earn minutes throughout the USL League Two season.
Current players from local colleges and universities make up the bulk of the NCFC U-23 roster. NC State leads the way with five selections, while Appalachian State and UNC-Chapel Hill both have four players each on the team. UNC-Wilmington, Duke, Charlotte and UNC-Asheville are also represented among North Carolina schools.
The exciting roster is expected to challenge for the South Atlantic Division League title. In the last two seasons, NCFC U23 finished seventh in 2017 and second in 2018, but has a storied past of winning the 2011 and 2013 USASA U-23 National Championships.
The team has been a longstanding launch pad for young players to make their way to the professional ranks. Former NCFC U23 players Alex Comsia and Caleb Duvernay are currently on the North Carolina FC first team and many other former U23 players including Nazmi Albadawi, Conor Donovan, Ike Opara, Akira Fitzgerald, Tyler Lassiter and Zack Schilawski have all come through the team prior to turning pro.
NCFC U23 will begin its USL League Two season on Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park against Lionsbridge FC. Earlier this week, North Carolina Football Club announced NCFC U23’s 2019 schedule and coaching staff.
2019 NCFC U23 Roster:
|1||George Asomani||NC State||MID|
|4||Parker Cross*||App. State||DEF|
|5||Lucas Del Rosario*||UNC-CH||FWD|
|6||Aidan Foster*||NC State||DEF|
|8||Zeico Harris||App. State||DEF|
|9||Juan Hernandez||App. State||FWD|
|10||Camden Holbrook*||App State||FWD|
|11||James Kasak||Va. Tech||FWD|
|14||David Loera||NC State||FWD|
|18||Jose Morales Jr.*^||NC State||MID|
|19||James Orozco*||NC State||DEF|
* Played for NCFC Youth Academy
^ Previously Played for NCFC U23