For many supporters of the Burgundy Boys, the focus has been on the numerous roster moves made over the short Major League Soccer off-season. Our Colorado Rapids have brought in new faces and let others go, but there has also been some pretty significant movement with our USL Pro affiliate, the Charlotte Independence. As was reported in December, the Independence named Mike Jeffries as the first coach in the history of the franchise. However, there have been some further moves made by the Independence this week as they charge towards their opening match in late March.
With the hiring of Troy Lesesne, Philip Poole and John Lytton the coaching staff is now complete under the direction of Jeffries. When looking at the bios of the three new coaches for the Independence, there is experience in USL Pro and at the college level. Both of these traits are critical as the Independence begin to evaluate the talent that is out there from players looking to move to other USL Pro clubs and college players who are not drafted in the MLS Superdraft this week.
In addition to the three new coaches, the club also announced that it has signed its first two players, Jorge Herrera and Ben Newman, both formally of the Charlotte Eagles.