Cape Verdean international becomes club’s first permanent transfer ahead of inaugural season

Charlotte, NC (Tuesday, January 31, 2023)- Crown Legacy FC today announced the Club has signed forward Iuri Tavares from top-flight Portuguese club Estoril Praia SAD.

Tavares becomes the Club’s first-ever permanent transfer.

“Iuri is a talented striker who recently broke through at the international level for Cape Verde,” said Head Coach Jose Tavares. “We love investing and bringing through young players, and it’s our job to give Iuri the time to develop and grow within our system to become a top player at the MLS NEXT Pro level and hopefully beyond.”

Tavares, 21, rose through the prestigious youth academy of Benfica before making his professional debut for Vitoria Guimaraes on November 21, 2021.

Tavares earned his first international call up and cap representing Cape Verde in a friendly with San Marino.

Transaction: Crown Legacy FC signs Iuri Tavares from Portuguese Club Estoril SAD

Name: Iuri Antonio Teixeira Tavares

Position: Forward

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 161 lbs

Date of Birth: March 8, 2001

Age: 21

Hometown: Lisbon, Portugal

Last Club: Estoril Praia SAD

How Acquired: Acquired via permanent transfer from Estoril Praia SAD

About Crown Legacy FC:

Crown Legacy Football Club is a professional soccer team devoted to player development within the Charlotte FC organization. After announcing its entry into the league in 2022, Crown Legacy will play its inaugural MLS NEXT Pro season in 2023 at Mecklenburg County Sportsplex in Matthews, North Carolina. Led by Head Coach Jose Tavares, Crown Legacy FC is producing the next generation of soccer for Charlotte FC. CLFC is committed to entrenching itself within Matthews and the surrounding areas creating community grassroots events. For more information, visit