Darrius Barnes is the President of Crown Legacy FC, Charlotte FC’s MLS NEXT Pro team, and is responsible for overseeing the business and technical build of the Club’s developmental team while also assisting on strategic projects associated with all aspects of the business side of Charlotte FC’s First Team. Prior to his current role, Darrius Barnes served as Director of Business Operations for Charlotte FC.
Prior to joining Charlotte FC, Mr. Barnes served as Manager, Partnership Marketing at Major League Soccer (MLS) and Soccer United Marketing (SUM). In this role, he identified insights, created a vision, and implemented strategy on how to approach each corporate partner’s business and grow that business while also overseeing, developing, maximizing, and managing relationships with key partner contacts across a robust portfolio of industry-leading brands.
A native of Raleigh, NC and graduate of Duke University, Mr. Barnes holds extensive knowledge of the sport of soccer, as he enjoyed a successful 4 years as a member of the Duke Men’s Soccer team and then went on to garner a fruitful professional career, playing 8 seasons with the New England Revolution (2009-2016) and 1 season with the New York Cosmos (2017).