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HIGH POINT, N.C. (December 15, 2023) - Carolina Core FC, an independent club that will join MLS NEXT Pro in 2024, has signed 19 year old, Luis Lugo.


“Luis had a very successful season at Florida Gulf Coast where he was a starter and earned All-Conference Freshman Team.  I had the opportunity to observe Luis's development over the past 2 years and have seen a great advancement.  After monitoring him during his college season we feel confident that Luis is ready to take his game to the next level in the MLSNP league.  He is a high competitor and very savvy on the ball.  We look forward to seeing continued development in his game this season,” says Roy Lassiter, Head Coach. 

Lugo rose through the ranks of Houston Dynamo’s Academy teams, earning his way onto the Houston Dynamo U-20s. With the U-20 squad, Lugo proved himself and quickly became the team’s captain for the 2022-2023 season. With the Dynamo squad, Lugo appeared in 23 matches, recording 18 goals and 12 assists before moving to Florida to play collegiately.   

Lugo played his freshman season with NCAA Division 1 side, Florida Gulf Coast University. During this 2023 season, the midfielder appeared in 11 matches (starting 7 matches) and netted 3 goals. Lugo was awarded recognition from the Atlantic Sun Conference, making the All-Freshman team. 

"We are happy that Luis went to college and got some games under his belt, in addition to some great coaching, as he awaited joining CCFC. He had a fantastic freshman year and made the All-Conference Freshman team. Luis is a genuinely smooth attacker who is very thoughtful with the ball at his feet, rather he is asked to play as a striker or as a midfielder. That is a rare quality found in a player so young. Our coaching staff is looking forward to working with Luis as we integrate him into our roster for the upcoming season," states Eddie Pope, Chief Sporting Officer.

ABOUT Carolina Core FC  

Founded in 2022, Carolina Core FC is an independent professional men’s soccer club that will begin play in MLS NEXT Pro in 2024. The club’s local owners are dedicated to community development through its on-field and off-field activities. Carolina Core FC has diligently worked behind the scenes to build together its experienced executive staff, including High Point Native, Eddie Pope as the Chief Sporting Officer. Eddie is a former U.S. Men’s National Team, MLS legend and USSF Hall of Famer. #CCFC will play its home matches in High Point, N.C. at Truist Point, the $38 million stadium located in the revitalized downtown social district. Supporters can join the club by securing a season seat and ordering Carolina Core FC merchandise at