USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Friday, March 18, 2016
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte Independence have announced the addition of Caleb Calvert and Emmanuel Appiah on loan from the club’s MLS partner the Colorado Rapids.
Calvert spent the 2015 season on loan with the Independence, as he recorded 489 minutes in 20 appearances for the club. Though he started just two games, Calvert recorded two goals and two assists for the Independence, who finished the season at 10-8-10.
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The Rapids acquired Calvert in the Chivas USA dispersal draft in 2014. The Southern California native originally was signed as a Homegrown Player by Chivas USA in July 2013 at the age of 16 making him the youngest player in club history to sign a professional contact.
A former player for PDL club GPS Portland Phoenix, Appiah was the Rapids’ first-round selection (15th overall) in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. He spent the previous five years at the University of Cincinnati, earning 2015 Second Team All-American Athletic Conference and Second Team All-Ohio accolades after finishing second on the team in points (16), goals (5) and assists (6). Appiah ended his career as a Bearcat with a total of 65 appearances, 46 starts, seven goals and 11 assists.