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Vini Mello and Charlotte FC looking to part ways

By Jorge Gonzales

Photo courtesy of CJ Hellner

Per a source, the young Brazilian forward is seeking a new place to call home as he won't be part of the plans as The Crown heads into their third season in existence. Vinicius Mello is currently in talks with multiple clubs as he looks for consistent regular minutes, with Croatia being a potential destination.

Per a source, Vinicius Mello fell out of favor after just seeing a few minutes of playing time last season, following a dispute he had with then-head coach Christian Lattanzio, which saw him get sent down to the MLS NEXT Pro side, Crown Legacy FC. The striker enjoyed a positive spell in the MLS NEXT Pro side, scoring five goals in 11 appearances before getting injured in the final stretch of the season.

On December 13th, 2021, Charlotte FC signed Vinicius Mello from the Brazilian side Sport Club Internacional to a contract until 2025, with an option for 2026. Vinicius was the Club’s first U-22 initiative player. Mello has struggled to stay fit ever since joining the club as injuries have plagued him in his search for minutes at Charlotte. As of now, there is no path back into this Charlotte Squad for the Brazilian forward.