Wingate's Callum Ross signs with Charlotte Independence
Date Posted: 2/21/2017
The Charlotte Independence announced Tuesday the signing of their first rookie and non-returning player to the 2017 squad in midfielder Callum Ross. The first year pro comes to the Independence from Wingate University, pending league and U.S. Soccer approval.
A 2016 first-team All-South Atlantic Conference selection, Ross netted eight goals, assisted three times, and averaged 2.11 shots per game in 18 contests last season. The last two seasons at Wingate, Ross was the third leading goal scorer both years. In 2016, the Bulldogs and Ross captured the Division II Men’s Soccer National Championship.
“It was massive,” said Ross. “It’s something I’ll never forget. I’m very appreciative of my coaches and teammates that were a part of that team.”
Ross is looking to take his collegiate success and translate it to the Independence. Hopeful his leadership gives him a leg up on his rookie season, Ross notes how the past years have helped him to this point.
"I did take upon a leadership role on the field,” said Ross. “Being a leading points-scorer wasn’t one of my targets, it was just a result of the team performing to the best of our abilities each week. If I got goals and assists, I was happy to do so, but I just wanted to put 100% effort in and help the team."
Ross was a four-year player at Wingate, but missed most of the 2014 season due to injury and was granted a medical redshirt. Even though the Newcastle, England native had a year of collegiate eligibility left, he decided it was time to focus on his professional career.
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