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Charlotte FC Bolsters Their Lineup Through The MLS SuperDraft

By Tyler Trent

Hamady Diop on the ball for Clemson. Photo courtesy of Clemson.

Charlotte FC had traded $450,000 in GAM and their #20 pick to St Louis SC in order to move up to pick #1 in the 2023 SuperDraft. The $450,000 will be paid in two increments of $200,000 in 2023 and 2024 and another $50,000 possible in incentives. With that pick, Charlotte selected Senegalese centerback Hamady Diop from Clemson. Diop played for a strong Clemson team for three seasons anchoring their backline. He was projected to be one of the top available picks in the draft. Diop is a Generation Adidas (GA) player which means he will not count against the salary cap, like Ben Bender. This provides a huge boost to roster building strength. Diop was also a teammate to Charlotte FC goalkeeper George Marks at Clemson.

Charlotte FC has traded a reported $200,000 GAM for an International Roster Spot from Nashville SC. Last season, Charlotte acquired two international roster spots from Nashville for a reported record of GAM (previously record was $225,000 - per Tom Bogert). So, this latest deal with the Tennessee club will be cheaper for Charlotte than the previous seasons deal.