Defensive duo with 170 combined MLS appearances secure long-term deals ahead of Club’s inaugural season
CHARLOTTE, NC (Thursday, February 3, 2022) – Charlotte FC today announced the Club has signed defenders Anton Walkes and Joseph Mora to new contracts.
Walkes is signed on a contract through 2024 with an option for 2025, and Mora is now under contract through 2023 with options for 2024 and 2025.
Mora was out of contract following the 2021 season with D.C. United prior to being drafted by Charlotte FC in the 2021 MLS Expansion Draft.
“We’re delighted to sign both Anton and Joseph to longer-term contracts ahead of our inaugural season. We have a plan in place for building this roster for the long-term and extending the deals of the two defenders from our Expansion Draft gives us stability in our backline for not just this season, but for the next few years,” said Sporting Director Zoran Krneta. “We knew we could find incredible value in the Expansion Draft, especially in players with significant MLS experience. Anton and Joseph have proven that they are high-level players in this league across a combined seven seasons and 170 MLS appearances, and they will be important contributors on this roster.”
In 2021, Walkes had a career year with Atlanta United, starting 32 games with two goals and two assists. The versatile defender came through the Tottenham Hotspur academy, originally going on loan to Atlanta in 2017 before joining Portsmouth in 2018. In 2020, Atlanta acquired the center back permanently and in three total seasons with the club, he compiled 71 appearances with 65 starts, four goals, and three assists.
Mora spent four years with D.C. United, registering four assists in 99 appearances and 83 starts for the Black-and-Red. The left back also played extensively for Costa Rican youth national teams, featuring at the 2009 FIFA U17 World Cup and 2011 FIFA U20 World Cup, and now has four caps for the senior national team. Mora also counts as a domestic player.
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