Charles, Wesley

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May 28, 2022

Wesley Matthew Charles (Eng. Wesley Matthew Charles; born December 12, 1975, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) is a Saint Vincent football player who played as a defender. He is known for playing for the Irish clubs Bray Wanderers and Galway United, as well as for the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines national team.

Club career

Born in 1975. He started playing football at the Brighton All Stars club from the city of Brighton in the south of St. Vincent. In 1998, he moved to Europe, where he joined the Irish club Sligo Rovers, soon became a player in the main team and entered the field in 61 matches in three seasons spent at the club. In 2001, he moved to another Irish club, Bray Wanderers. He played for the club from the city of Bray the next four seasons of his playing career, entering the field in more than 120 matches in the club's shirt. In July 2005, he moved to Russia, where he joined the Rostov club, at that moment he was already the captain of the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines team, and according to the expectations of the club's management and fans, he had to replace the South African defender Matthew Bout who left the club in the main team . However, he spent half a season in the backup team, without going into the base in any match of the Russian championship. In early 2006, he returned to the Bray Wanderers club, where he spent six months. In the summer of 2006, he joined another Irish club, Galway United. He immediately took a place in the first team, and was soon appointed captain, for three incomplete seasons at the club he played in 58 matches of the national championship. In 2008, he moved to Canada, where he joined the Vancouver Whitecaps club, having played for the club for two seasons, he moved to another Canadian club, the Montreal Impact, for which he played in 8 matches in 2010. In both Canadian clubs, he alternated playing at the base with sitting on the bench. He completed his professional playing career in Ireland with Salthill Devon in 2011.

Team career

For the first time he entered the field in a jersey of the national team on July 30, 1995 in a match against the national team of Trinidad and Tobago, as part of the selection for the 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup. In 2000, he played in 10 of the 12 qualifying matches for the 2002 World Cup, scoring twice. He was the captain of the national team in the Caribbean.