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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - DECEMBER 29: A general view of an announcement of the Major League Soccer team coming to Charlotte in 2021 during the game between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

It seems like forever ago that we announced that Charlotte would be getting an MLS team, but we are still just as excited about it! Hoping for a day to come soon where sports returns and fans can safely return to spectating live events. Even though our MLS franchise doesn’t yet have a name or a coach, we just signed our first player!

Meet Sergio Ruiz!

He’s a Spanish midfielder who joins the club from Spanish second-division side Racing Santander.

“We are laying down the foundations of a competitive and winning team, and Ruiz is the ideal player to start with,” club sporting director Zoran Krneta said in a statement. “We’ve been scouting him for several months. He is a natural leader and an intelligent, versatile midfielder, who will be joining Charlotte MLS in his prime. I’m very please that he has decided to join us.”

Welcome to Queen City, Sergio!