Crown Legacy FC Midfielder Aron John Voted MLS NEXT Pro Rising Star of the Month


John provided five goal contributions in June to receive the honor

Charlotte, NC (Wednesday, July 3, 2024) – Crown Legacy FC and MLS NEXT Pro today announced that midfielder Aron John was voted MLS NEXT Pro Rising Star of the Month for June.

The Charlotte FC Academy product provided five goal contributions in just four matches to earn the honor, two goals and three assists respectively. John, known as “AJ” to coaches and teammates, also received Rising Star of the Matchweek honors in the final week of May when he scored a game-winning goal for CLFC at the death against Atlanta United 2, stealing all three points in a 1-0 victory.

"We are pleased that AJ has been recognized for his successes on the pitch, becoming another example of growth within Crown Legacy FC and the greater Charlotte FC organization,” said Assistant General Manager Bobby Belair. “Since he joined our academy, AJ has possessed the necessary dedication and talent to excel on and off the pitch and this award is a result of his commitment to the work on the training ground day in and day out. We are proud of AJ and look forward to his continued development within our pathway and helping Crown Legacy FC contend for a title this season.”

John, 18, has been dominant force for Crown Legacy FC this season, leading the Club in both goals (6) and assists (5) in just 12 matches. The midfielder’s 11 goal contributions is tied for second in all of MLS NEXT Pro in that category and is the only academy player within the top two.

In 2023, John earned the CLTFC Academy’s inaugural Academy Player of the Year award for his work ethic and successes on and off the pitch.


Crown Legacy FC have found their groove recently after a tough start to the season, currently sitting sixth in the Eastern Conference with 23 points. The Club look to extend their unbeaten streak this Saturday, July 6 at 7:00 p.m. ET as they travel to take on Chattanooga FC.



Crown Legacy FC is back for its second season in MLS NEXT Pro and tickets are on sale! Come join us in 2024 as we continue to #BuildTheLegacy.