North Carolina native and Charlotte 49ers alum commits long-term future to CLTFC
CHARLOTTE, NC (Thursday, August 25, 2022) – Charlotte FC today announced midfielder Brandt Bronico has signed a contract extension through the 2025 season with a Club option for 2026.
The North Carolina native has appeared in every match of CLTFC’s inaugural season, starting all but one. Bronico scored his first goal for the Club in a game-winning effort against defending MLS Cup Champion New York City FC and has added three assists to date.
"We’re delighted to sign Brandt to a contract extension to commit his long-term future to Charlotte FC. His consistent performances have been crucial for us throughout our inaugural season, and he has undoubtedly earned this extension with his play on the pitch,” said Sporting Director Zoran Krneta. “Beyond that, Brandt also conducts himself professionally on and off the field, so he is an important figure in our locker room and in our community. He is North Carolina through and through and loves representing his local team and we’re thrilled to keep him here through the prime of his career.”
Charlotte FC acquired Bronico on December 18, 2020 in a trade with Chicago Fire FC. He was one of three CLTFC players – alongside Christian Fuchs and Adam Armour – to spend the 2021 season on loan with the Charlotte Independence before kicking off the Club’s inaugural 2022 season.
“I’m extremely excited to sign an extension with Charlotte FC and I’m grateful for the continued trust and belief the Club has put in me. I look forward to being a part of the journey as we grow over the next few years,” said Bronico. “Most importantly, I can’t wait to bring an MLS Cup home to Charlotte and celebrate with our amazing fans.”
He spent four seasons (2017-20) with Chicago Fire FC, where he scored two goals and added eight assists in 66 appearances, including 40 starts. Chicago originally drafted the midfielder 47th overall in the third round of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.
Bronico played collegiately for the Charlotte 49ers from 2013-16, scoring 25 goals to go with 23 assists. As a senior in 2016, Bronico was named the Conference USA Player of the Year and a second-team All-American. He spent his youth career with North Carolina clubs NC Fusion and Carolina Dynamo.