Position: Attacking Midfielder
Hometown: Gawler, Australia
Former Club: Adelaide United
The second-ever professional signing in club history, McGree comes to Charlotte FC from Adelaide United of Australia’s A-League.
In McGree’s professional club career, the left-footed attacking midfielder has scored 26 goals in 89 matches (71 starts). Famous for his scorpion kick goal scored while on loan with the Newcastle Jets, McGree was nominated for the 2018 FIFA Puskas Award, recognizing the “most beautiful” goal on the calendar year across all divisions and leagues.
McGree began his professional career with Adelaide United in 2016, after originally joining the team’s youth academy in 2014. Following two successful seasons with the club’s first team, McGree gained international experience by signing with Club Brugge of the Belgian Pro League.
McGree returned to Adelaide United for a highly successful campaign in 2019/20, where he was named the Hyundai A-League Young Footballer of the Year. He finished the season as the team’s top goal scorer and was named the club’s most valuable player.
As an Australian national player, McGree captained the country’s U23 side and in 2017, was called up to the full international squad for the first time leading up to a pair of 2018 World Cup qualifying matches. He is expected to be a key contributor for the Socceroos as the national team competes for a place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Riley McGree will join MLS side Charlotte FC for an undisclosed fee. The new expansion team is due to compete in 2022 and, as a result, Riley will immediately be loaned to Birmingham City.— Adelaide United (@AdelaideUnited) October 5, 2020
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