Chattanooga Red Wolves Sign Venezuelan Jorge Paez

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The Chattanooga Red Wolves are pleased to announce the signing of midfielder Jorge Paez to a one year contract deal with a second year option. Transaction pending league and federation approval.

“Joining the Red Wolves this season means a lot to me. It’s a club that I’ve had my eye on and I’m very excited to join the team. I will give it my all to succeed and achieve the team’s goals,” said Red Wolves newcomer, Jorge Paez. “I consider myself a winner and this season my goal is to become USL League One Champions and have an incredible season with the team.”

The 26-year-old Venezuelan native began his soccer career in 2013 with Academia Emeritense FC in his hometown of Mérida, Venezuela. At the end of his first season, Paez joined Zamora FC of the Venezuelan Primera División, Venezuela’s top division. During his time with Zamora FC, the club was crowned league champions twice and won the Copa Venezuela once. Paez also spent time with Monroe College stateside in New York where the team went on a runner-up championship run. Before joining the Red Wolves,

Paez was previously with Portuguesa FC of the Venezuela Primera División for one season where he recorded 5 goals and 3 assists and earned Player of the Month honors for May 2021. Paez prides himself as a versatile attacking midfielder that can also run the ball down the wing.

“I was able to witness how the fans supported the club last season and am excited to experience their cheers and support in just a few short months,” said Paez. “This year we will fight to be champions and bring that joy of winning to the people of Chattanooga that they deserve.”

Red Wolves GM & President, Sean McDaniel, sees Paez as a key addition to the 2022 roster. “One of the goals the Club had last year was to create the strongest midfield in the country and I felt like we did that. The addition of Jorge Paez adds a level that raises the standard even higher in 2022,” said McDaniel.

“He’s a true professional and brings experience to the team that will continue raising our championship expectations even higher.”

For Head Coach Jimmy Obleda, the signing of Paez has been a goal of the club for a while.

“Jorge Paez is a special player that I have been following for some time. He’s a young man who brings something different, some special to the league,” said Obleda. “He’s a dynamic attacking midfielder that can play out wide. He fits our personality and our DNA. A young man that is hungry to do well with the Chattanooga Red Wolves. I couldn’t be happier to bring Jorge after the great year he had with his club last year. We’re hoping he continues that with us this year in USL League One.”

Paez is the first confirmed new member of the 2022 squad - joining returning players and new
teammates Ualefi, Jimmie Villalobos, Daniel Navarro, Josue España, Jorge Luna, Sebastian Capozucchi, Rey Ortíz, Rafa Mentzingen, Juan Galindrez, and José Carrera-García. More player announcements to follow throughout the week.

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