CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Independence signed 18-year-old forward Zyen Jones.
Jones featured for the U.S. Youth National Team in the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, scoring two goals including the game-winner versus El Salvador.
Last year, Jones was signed by Bundesliga powerhouse Schalke 04.
A product of Atlanta United FC’s youth system, Jones and then-teammate Andrew Carleton led the U-15/16 squad to its first Development Academy national title in 2017.
“Zyen Jones is young and energetic and a really fast, direct winger that can press the game really well,” Independence coach Jim McGuinness said. “He’s fantastic in one-v-one situations and he carries a big threat going forward.”