26-year-old Argentine joins CLTFC as newest Designated Player after leading Racing with 21 goals in 2022 in all competitions
CHARLOTTE, NC (Wednesday, January 11, 2023) – Charlotte FC today announced the Club has signed forward Enzo Copetti from Racing Club to a Designated Player contract through the 2025 season with an option for 2026.
The move is pending receipt of a P-1 visa and ITC.
The 26-year-old will occupy an international roster slot on the Club’s 2023 roster.
Copetti scored 31 goals with eight assists in 96 appearances for Racing Club across all competitions since he joined in 2021, including goals in each of the premier South American tournaments – Copa Libertadores, and Copa Sudamericana in 2022.
He was the only Racing player with double digit goals in 2022, scoring 21 and adding six assists in 47 appearances, as Racing finished runner up in the highly competitive Argentina domestic league and won the Trofeo de Campeones Superliga
“We’re delighted to complete the permanent signing of Enzo to become our next Designated Player. He’s a clinical goal scorer for one of the biggest clubs in Argentina and we are confident his physical profile and skillset will translate well to Major League Soccer,” said Sporting Director Zoran Krneta. “Securing a top striker entering the prime of his career is a big achievement for the Club. We are always looking to improve, and with Enzo added to the mix, we continue to build a formidable attack with positional flexibility for Head Coach Christian Lattanzio to work with in 2023 and beyond.”
The 26-year-old striker had a breakout performance for Atlético de Rafaela in the 2020 Campeonata de Transción Primera Nacional, a shortened tournament to determine promotion to the Argentinian first division following the suspension of the 2020 season due to the pandemic. In seven games, Copetti scored five goals to go with two assists before Rafaela fell in the semifinals.
He then joined Racing Club on a one-year loan for the 2021 season and after scoring 10 goals across all competitions in 2021, Racing Club exercised their purchase option to acquire Copetti permanently ahead of the 2022 season.
He proceeded to have a career year with 21 total goals, including 11 in Liga Profesional to finish as the third-leading goal scorer in the league.
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Introducing Enzo Copetti | Highlights
Transaction: Charlotte FC acquire forward Enzo Copetti from Racing Club on a Designated Player contract
Name: Enzo Copetti
Weight: 187 lbs
Date of Birth: January 16, 1996
Birthplace: Resistencia, Argentina
Last Club: Racing Club
How Acquired: Permanent transfer; Signed to Designated Player contract
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