TUCSON, Ariz. (Jan. 5, 2021) — FC Tucson announced today that attacking midfielder Charlie Dennis has signed a new contract, adding him to the 2021 FC Tucson roster, pending league and federation approval.
“We are delighted to have been able to re-sign Charlie Dennis for the 2021 season. In a shortened 2020 season, he logged over 1100 minutes for us and proved to be one of the most dangerous attacking players in the league by creating the most chances," said FC Tucson Head Coach John Galas. "With his experience and quality of play, he fits in really well with our goals and objectives for the upcoming season. He’s a good pro and a joy to coach - I am thrilled he will be back with us in Tucson.”
Dennis, 25, re-signs with the club following a 2020 season that saw the Brighton, England native tally a team-leading five assists in 15 appearances. In his debut season with the Men in Black, Dennis led the league with the most chances created in 2020 (36), tying with South Georgia Tormenta FC’s Marco Micaletto. Dennis ranked third in the league in assists, second in key passes per match, and finished in the top-ten in dribbles completed during the 2020 season.
Dennis, a product of the Southampton FC Academy, was one of four players nominated for FC Tucson’s 2020 Most Valuable Player of the Year Award.
“I am excited to return to Tucson for the 2021 season. I loved every minute of last year and can’t wait to improve on what we built as a club,” said Charlie Dennis. “I am looking forward to getting my boots back on and having a spectacular second season.”
The 6’2”, 190-pound midfielder joined FC Tucson ahead of the 2020 season by way of Tormenta FC after scoring three goals and adding four assists in 27 matches during his first professional season with the Statesboro, Georgia club in 2019.
Dennis played collegiately at Palm Beach Atlantic University, where he scored 15 goals and added nine assists in 33 matches. During his time at PBA, Dennis also played in USL League Two with Tormenta FC 2, appearing in 15 matches across two seasons. Dennis joins Manu Ferriol, who the club announced in December, in the FC Tucson midfield for 2021.