Charlotte FC’s Anton Walkes killed in a Miami boating crash

Charlotte FC's Anton Walkes speaks to the media after an open training session at Bank of America Stadium on Thursday, February 10, 2022 in Charlotte, NC.

Charlotte FC’s Anton Walkes speaks to the media after an open coaching session at Bank of America Stadium on Thursday, February 10, 2022 in Charlotte, NC.

mrodriguez@charlotteobserver.com

Anton Walkes of Major League Soccer’s Charlotte FC franchise died Thursday after a boat crash on the waters close to Miami Marine Stadium.

Charlotte FC introduced Walkes’ loss of life Thursday morning. He was 25.

A press release from Charlotte FC Sporting Director Zoran Krneta known as Walkes, “a really unbelievable father, loving individual and excellent human being” and the embodiment of “what it means to be a part of Charlotte Football Club.”

“The influence he made in the locker room and all through Charlotte won’t ever be forgotten,” Krneta stated.

“He was a large son, father, associate and teammate, whose joyful lifestyle touched everybody he met,” a assertion from Charlotte FC proprietor David Tepper stated. “Anton made these round him higher folks in all areas of life and represented Charlotte FC to the very best customary each on and off the pitch.”

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission stated Walkes was discovered unconscious after two vessels collided round 3 pm Wednesday. He obtained CPR from Miami Fire Rescue earlier than being hospitalized in important situation.

The Charlotte Observer reported that Walkes was in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale space with Charlotte FC because the staff held a 12-day coaching camp in Fort Lauderdale to begin the 2023 preseason.

The Lewisham, England, native first signed as a 16-year-old with Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League. After one look with Spurs, Walkes was loaned to Portsmouth of England’s League One and the MLS’ Atlanta United in 2017. Two seasons in Portsmouth have been adopted by two seasons with Atlanta United.

Although he began 64 of 70 whole video games with Atlanta United over 2017 and 2020-2021, Walkes was left uncovered for the 2021 enlargement draft and Charlotte chosen him. Walkes began 21 video games in 23 appearances final season.

“We prolong our deepest condolences to his associate, household, pals and your entire Charlotte FC household,” Major League Soccer stated by way of Twitter. “MLS is coordinating with Charlotte FC to offer gamers and members of the family with the sources and help they could want throughout this tragic time.”

This story was initially printed January 19, 2023 9:27 AM.

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