Harrison Afful stays on for 9th MLS season with Charlotte FC renewal
The 36-year-old will also work with the club’s scouting department in a player professional development role.
Charlotte FC have re-signed veteran fullback Harrison Afful through the 2023 MLS season with an option for 2024, the club announced Wednesday.
The 36-year-old’s contributions will go beyond the pitch during the Crown’s second season, as he’ll also work with the club’s scouting department as part of the new deal.
“Harry played an important role in our 2022 season, and we’re excited to have him back in our locker room for the upcoming campaign,” Charlotte sporting director Zoran Krneta said in an official statement.
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A Ghanaian international with over 80 senior caps, Afful played 21 games for Charlotte during their inaugural MLS season following a seven-year stint with the Columbus Crew. His time in Ohio was highlighted by 6g/18a over 164 regular-season appearances and winning MLS Cup and Campeones Cup in 2020 and 2021, respectively.
Afful’s latest contract allows him to slowly transition into a player development role as he enters the twilight of his career.
“We are thrilled he will be spending his time off the pitch with Thomas [Schaling], Lisandro [Isei], and our excellent scouting department to set the foundations of what is sure to be an excellent career off the pitch once his playing days are done,” Krneta said.
Charlotte have been relatively quiet in terms of signings so far this offseason, although they have reportedly inked Burnley midfielder Ashley Westwood and reportedly reached a verbal agreement with Racing Club forward Enzo Copetti.
Several players have been moved out ahead of head coach Christian Lattanzio’s first full season in charge – most recently striker Daniel Ríos, who was transferred to Liga MX side Chivas de Guadalajara.