Charlotte FC have signed Polish international striker Karol Świderski from Greek side PAOK through the 2025 season with an option for 2026. He joins as the expansion team’s first ever Designated Player.
“We’re delighted to welcome a player of Karol’s caliber to Charlotte FC to spearhead our attack. He’s proven to be a lethal goal scorer at both the club and international level, and to secure his signing as our first Designated Player is an excellent achievement for our club,” sporting director Zoran Krneta said in a release.
“Karol’s profile as a striker is everything we need in a number nine and he is a player who is entering the prime of his career. His performances for Poland on the international stage speak for themselves and we’re confident Karol will be one of the toughest strikers to defend in the league. Additionally, he has a high work ethic, a title-winning mentality, and will bring excellent leadership and character into the locker room.”
Świderski is coming to Major League Soccer after recording 35 goals and 14 assists across 135 appearances for PAOK.
The player also managed six goals and 14 games for Poland’s national team, playing a vital role in Euro 2020 and recent World Cup qualifiers.
The newest addition is expected to feature in Charlotte FC’s Major League Soccer debut match against D.C. United on February 26.
Swiderski is Charlotte's second Polish signing after they signed defender Jan Sobocinski nearly a year ago.