CLFC Transactions

Crown Legacy FC Signs U.S. Youth International Goalkeeper Chituru Odunze from Leicester City 


20-year-old Raleigh native returns to the Carolinas following four-year spell with Premier League side

Charlotte, NC (Wednesday, August 2, 2023)- Crown Legacy FC today announced the Club has signed U.S. youth international goalkeeper Chituru Odunze from Leicester City on a permanent transfer.

Odunze joins CLFC after starting 20 matches for Leicester City’s U21s in the 2022/23 Premier League 2 season.

“We are excited to welcome Chituru back to the Carolinas with Crown Legacy FC,” said Technical Director Bobby Belair. “Chituru is a high upside young talent who adds a different profile to our goalkeeper group in MLS NEXT Pro. His experience with the youth and senior US National Teams will serve him well as he continues to develop here in Charlotte. We believe he can be a key part of our developmental pathway, as we have already seen multiple young players make the jump to the first team this season.”

Odunze started two matches for the United States in the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The goalkeeper was called into camp for the senior United States men’s national team for the first time in November 2020 and was an unused substitute for matches against Wales and Panama. Odunze returned to the national team in March 2021 and was also on the bench against Jamaica and Northern Ireland.

Transaction: Crown Legacy FC signs Chituru Odunze from Leicester City

Name: Chituru Odunze 
Position: Goalkeeper 
Height: 6’7
Weight: 200 lbs
Date of Birth: October 14, 2002  
Age: 20 
Last Club: Leicester City
How Acquired: Acquired via permanent transfer Leicester City