The Reserve League doesn't provide enough games and minutes over the course of the season to give younger players the time on the pitch in live competition needed to develop. With that in mind, The Fire have loaned striker Giuseppe Gentile to USL-Pro side Charlotte Eagles. The club acquired Gentile via waiver draft this past January and he has had some impressive moments scoring a brace in a reserve match against New York on March 24. He also tallied the first goal of preseason on February 2 against Florida Gulf Coast University.
Gentile attended UNC Charlotte before leaving as an underclassman and being selected in the waiver draft. The Fire will be able to call him back for possible US Open Cup or Reserve League match competition.