Odenbeck Signs Deal with Charlotte Independence
March 9, 2017

Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMSoccer)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Wake Forest senior Jared Odenbeck has signed to play professionally with the Charlotte Independence of the USL, the organization announced.

Odenbeck becomes the fourth Deacon to begin a pro career this offseason, joining Ian Harkes, Jacori Hayes and Alec Ferrell, each of whom entered the MLS.

A Charlotte native, Odenbeck attended Charlotte Christian High School and played for the Charlotte Soccer Academy.

"It's a really special opportunity to play in the place that you grew up," Odenbeck said in a release from the Independence. "It was always something that was in the back of my mind when I was playing, but when I got the offer, it is something I couldn't really turn down."

After spending his freshman season at Georgetown, Odenbeck played in 47 games in three seasons as a Demon Deacon. The defender totaled four goals and three assists for 11 points.

"We couldn't be more excited for Jared to receive an opportunity to play at the next level," head coach Bobby Muuss said. "He's a pro's pro, and has certainly put in the time and effort to be successful."

The Independence begins play on April 1 against the Charleston Battery.

"Playing at Wake Forest means that he's been in a good environment for a number of years,” Independence head coach Mike Jeffries said. “It means that he's competed for NCAA Championships and that's a plus. We continue to push local guys as well and he's a Charlotte guy.”



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