Hometown: Puerto Carreño, Colombia
Previous Club: Once Caldas
Juan Sebastián Palma enters his first year with the Black and Yellow after signing during in December 2022.
Sebastián arrives in Charleston after spending the past five seasons with Colombian top-flight side Once Caldas. He made 24 appearances across all competitions for the club, primarily as a center-back. The 6-2 23-year-old averaged 7.3 duels, 4.6 interceptions and 11.6 recoveries per 90 minutes in 2022.
A native of Puerto Carreño, Colombia, Sebastián previously represented his country at the youth international level. At 19 years old, he helped the Colombia U-21’s win the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games title, appearing in five matches and scoring one goal.
He was called up again in 2019 with the U-20’s for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland, making three appearances while reaching the quarter-finals.
For Sebastián, his arrival in Charleston marks his first time playing outside Colombia. He previously played for academy side Club La Cantera in Risaralda, Colombia, before making the move to Once Caldas.