CLFC strengthens defensive ranks with loan move for young, Brazilian Youth International center back
Charlotte, NC (Tuesday, January 31, 2023)- Crown Legacy FC today announced the Club has signed defender João Pedro on loan from first division Brazilian Club Atletico Paranaense.
Crown Legacy FC retains an option for a permanent transfer following the 2023 season.
“João is a strong defender with great potential,” said Crown Legacy Head Coach Jose Tavares. “We’re excited to add a player who has represented Brazil at the youth international level, which is no easy feat. He’ll be a fantastic addition to the Club and we’re thrilled to work his João to continue his development as a young footballer.”
Pedro, 19, rose through Atletico’s youth ranks before earning a professional contract with the Brazilian club. Most recently, Pedro played with Atletico Paranaense’s U-20 squad, tallying 12 appearances and 984 minutes. While primarily a center back, Pedro can also feature on the left side of the backline.
Pedro has also featured in Brazil’s international ranks, most recently representing the South American nation at the U-20 level in 4-0 victory over a United States squad featuring MLS players making impacts at their current clubs.
Transaction: Crown Legacy FC signs João Pedro on a year-long loan from Atletico Paranaense with an option to purchase.
Name: João Pedro Reginaldo
Weight: 161 lbs
Date of Birth: March 14, 2003
Hometown: Indaiatuba, Brazil
Last Club: Atletico Paranaense
How Acquired: One-year loan with the option to purchase
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 crownlegacyfc.com.