Charlotte FC player Anton Walks died at the age of 25, Major League Soccer and his club announced on Thursday. Wax was involved in a boating accident near the Navy Stadium in Miami on Wednesday. Miami Herald. The English defender, who has been in MLS since 2020 after an initial loan spell in 2017, has joined The Crown for an expansion season in 2022.
“Everyone at Tepper Sports and Entertainment is devastated by the tragic death of Anton Walkes” Charlotte FC owner David Tepper said in a statement from the club.. “He was amazing a son, father, partner and teammate whose joyful approach to life touched everyone he met. Anton made people around him better in all areas of life and represented the Charlotte Football Club at the highest level both on and off the field. He will be greatly missed by many and our thoughts and prayers are with Anton’s family during this heartbreaking time. The club offers its full support to all those affected during this period of mourning.”
Walks began his career with Tottenham Hotspur before his first taste of MLS life in 2017 with Atlanta United on loan and then a spell with Portsmouth. A permanent move to the Five Stripes followed in 2020 before Charlotte selected the Lewisham native in her 2021 expansion draft.
“There are no words to describe the grief of all Major League Football players today as they learn of the tragic death of Anton Wakes of Charlotte Football Club. read the MLS statement. “Anton was a talented and dedicated player who was loved by teammates and fans alike. We extend our deepest condolences to his partner, family, friends and the entire Charlotte family. MLS is coordinating with Charlotte to provide the players and their families with the resources and support they may need during this tragic time.”
Wax turned professional in 2016 and made one appearance for the Spurs while training at the London club’s academy. He joined Pompey full-time after his loan spell and made a total of 93 MLS appearances.
“We are heartbroken at the loss of Anton Walks, a truly incredible father, a loving person and an extraordinary person,” said Charlotte athletic director Zoran Krneta. “Anton embodied what it means to be part of the Charlotte Football Club, and our entire community mourns this tragedy. influence he did in the locker room and throughout Charlotte will never be forgotten. We are thinking of his beautiful family at this time and will fully support them in every possible way.”
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission said Waukes was found unconscious Wednesday afternoon after two boats collided near Miami Marin Stadium. Miami Herald. Miami Fire Rescuers attempted CPR before the player was hospitalized in critical condition, but he was confirmed dead on Thursday.