CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Midfielder Jake Areman, who spent two years with the Monmouth University men’s soccer team, has signed with the Charlotte Independence of the United Soccer League.

The signing is pending league and federation approvals.

“We are very excited for Jake,” Monmouth head coach Robert McCourt said. “He has worked very hard for this opportunity. His dedication and commitment will make him a valuable asset at the next level. He is a fantastic student as well as a great player, and we wish him much success in his future as a professional player.”

Areman started all 36 games during his time at Monmouth, compiling 17 points. The West Long Branch, N.J. native totaled four goals and nine assists. His 11 points as a senior led the team. Areman dished a team-high five assists.

He attended the Independence-Rapids Combine in December, where he caught the eye of head coach Mike Jeffries.

“He’s gotten up to the speed of things very quickly,” Jeffries told the Independence website. “He’s very a quick player and has some one-on-one capabilities. He can play in a couple different spots; wide midfield on either side or in the back, so he gives us a little flexibility in that regard.”

Areman became the first Monmouth alum to sign with a USL team since defender Derek Luke joined FC Cincinnati in 2016.