20-year-old Chicago native becomes the Club’s first MLS NEXT Pro signing
CHARLOTTE, NC (Monday, December 19, 2022) – Charlotte FC today announced the Club has signed midfielder David Poreba to an MLS NEXT Pro contract on loan from Polish top flight club Stal Mielec. The Club retains an option for a permanent transfer following the 2023 season.
The American and Polish dual national becomes the first signing for Charlotte FC’s MLS NEXT Pro team which begins play in 2023.
Poreba joined Stal Mielec from Chicago FC in 2021 and has appeared in two matches in Poland’s top professional league, the Ekstraklasa.
“David is a talented player who has shown his potential at the professional level throughout the Stal Mielec system. He is the exact type of player we are passionate about developing and we’re delighted to sign the Club’s first-ever player,” said Charlotte FC’s MLS NEXT Pro President Darrius Barnes. “2023 is a groundbreaking year for player development and player progression at Charlotte FC and we look forward to continuing to build out our MLS NEXT Pro roster this winter.”
During his time with Stal Mielec, Poreba made two additional professional appearances in the Fortuna Polish Cup.
“David is a good player with great potential to make an impact in MLS NEXT Pro,” said Charlotte FC’s MLS NEXT Pro Head Coach José Tavares. “We are looking forward to the start of our inaugural MLS NEXT Pro season as we continue to bring talented players like David to Charlotte FC to become the future of the Club.”
Transaction: Charlotte FC’s MLS NEXT Pro team signs David Poreba on a year-long loan from Stal Mielec with an option to purchase.
Name: David Poreba
Weight: 170 lbs
Date of Birth: December 1, 2002
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Last Club: Stal Mielec
How Acquired: One-year loan with the option to purchase