July 27, 2010
Butu Reprieve

The fortunes of national footballer Wesley “ Butu” Charles have taken the turn for the better when last week Monday (July 19) the Montreal Impact signed him on their roster for the remainder of the 2010- 2011 United Soccer League.{{more}}

Charles, 34, was out of a job since July 22, 2009, after the Vancouver White Caps, who also has two other Vincentians in their squad, Marlon “Tusty” James and Cornelius Stewart, had released him after an altercation with another player.

After one season, Charles was elevated to the position of Vice Captain of the Vancouver White Caps.

Charles celebrated with Vancouver in 2008, three months after the club signed him, as they lifted the USL First Division trophy.

He was named in the league’s second eleven of the all stars line up.

Before moving to Vancouver, Charles spent 10 years in the Irish league, playing with Bray Wanderers, Sligo Rovers and Galway United and also had one season in Russia with Rostov.

A brief show in the pro league in Trinidad and Tobago, crafted his football path.

Charles, a defender, has played over 90 games for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and has worn the Captain’s armband on a few occasions.

Playing in competitions at home, Charles also represented Pastures United, Brighton All Stars, and Goddard’s Strikers, as he also distinguished himself as a goal keeper and a striker, at different points of his career.