Anton Walkes was in his first yr with Charlotte FC after being chosen by the membership within the growth draft. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
Charlotte FC defender Anton Walkes died Thursday. He was 25.
The membership confirmed Walkes’ dying in a press release. Team proprietor David Tepper stated Walkes “will likely be vastly missed by many.”
“Everyone at Tepper Sports & Entertainment is devastated by the tragic passing of Anton Walkes. He was an amazing son, father, accomplice and teammate whose joyous lifestyle touched everybody he met,” stated Owner David Tepper. “Anton made these round him higher individuals in all areas of life and represented Charlotte FC to the very best commonplace each on and off the pitch. He will likely be vastly missed by many and our ideas and prayers are with Anton’s household throughout this heartbreaking time. The Club presents its full help to all these impacted throughout this era of mourning.”
Team sporting director Zoran Krneta stated the group was “heartbroken from the loss.”
“We are heartbroken from the lack of Anton Walkes, a very unbelievable father, loving particular person, and excellent human being,” stated Sporting Director Zoran Krneta. “Anton embodied what it means to be part of Charlotte Football Club and our whole group is grieving over this tragedy. The impression he made within the locker room and all through Charlotte won’t ever be forgotten. We are considering of his pretty household throughout this time and can help them absolutely in each means conceivable.”
Major League Soccer additionally launched a press release, calling Walkes a “gifted and devoted participant who was beloved by his teammates and followers.”
Atlanta United, Walkes’ former membership, referred to as him “the epitome of an excellent teammate.”
The group stated Walkes died “following an accident in South Florida.” It didn’t present extra particulars. Charlotte FC stated it might not present additional statements on the matter “out of respect to Anton’s family and friends.”
Walkes was preparing for his second season with Charlotte. The membership chosen Walkes within the 2021 MLS growth draft. Walkes was the group’s second choice.
Walkes started his skilled profession with Tottenham in 2016. He performed for the membership by way of 2018. During that interval, Walkes was loaned to Portsmouth and Atlanta United. He would later signal with each golf equipment, spending 2018 by way of 2020 with Portsmouth earlier than going again to Atlanta United by way of the 2021 season.
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