CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Independence pro soccer team signed veteran defender Hugh Roberts to the 2019 roster.
Roberts becomes the seventh player under contract for new head coach Jim McGuinness, joining five returning players and two-time USL Championship MVP Finalist Enzo Martinez.
A 2016 Defender of the Year finalist and All-League First Team Selection, Roberts, 26, has made the USL Championship playoffs every year of his professional career.
“With his defensive intensity and work rate, he will be a cornerstone for our back group,” General Manager Mike Jeffries said. “Hugh’s ability to play out of the back meshes well with our style of play. Equally importantly, he brings a positive locker room presence.”
Last season, Roberts started 21 games for a Pittsburgh Riverhounds side, which posted a league-best 0.76 goals against average. He has logged 131 games played, 9,432 minutes played and five goals over a six-year USL Championship career.
“Since I’ve been in this league for six years now, Charlotte has always been a team that takes care of its veterans and is toward the top of the table,” Roberts said. “The club has a reputation for being great and is always in the playoff hunt.”