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2022 MLS SuperDraft Selection Bachir Ndiaye Signs with Charlotte Independence

March 10, 2023 – United Soccer League One (USL1) – Charlotte Independence News Release

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte Independence announced today the signing of midfielder Bachir Ndiaye for the 2023 season. Ndiaye was drafted by Inter Miami CF in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft and played DI college soccer at UNC Wilmington (UNCW) where he earned a United Soccer Coaches All-Atlantic First Team Notice.

“We are delighted to be the first stop on Bachir’s professional career,” Charlotte Independence Head Coach Mike Jeffries said. “Bachir is a physical central midfielder – a very capable ball winner with clever passing ideas and the ability to break down defenses on the dribble. He impressed us during his trial and continues to show why we believe he has a ceiling every day at training.”

Ndiaye joined the Seahawks as a sophomore in 2020. In three seasons he accumulated 2,434 minutes across 36 games played. In 2022, his senior season, Ndiaye was named to the CAA Championship All-Tournament team.

Prior to transferring to UNCW, Ndiaye played one season at Louisburg College in Louisburg, NC where he scored 6 goals and had 3 assists with the Hurricanes.

Ndiaye played high school soccer at Northside High School in Roanoke County, Virginia and earned a 3A All-State distinction. He was born in Dakar, Senegal and moved with his family to Jacksonville, N.C. in 2016.

“I am very excited to start my professional career with Charlotte Independence,” Ndiaye said. “It’s such a great club with an amazing background. I can’t wait to get started in blue.”

The Charlotte Independence kick off the 2023 USL League One season against the Richmond Kickers on Saturday, March 18 at American Legion Memorial Stadium. Home opener tickets are on sale now at charlotteindependence.com.

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