Contreras was born in Comayagua, Honduras in 1991. As a child, he and his family moved to White Bear Lake, Minnesota. While at White Bear Lake High School, Contreras was a NSCAA National High School All-American in 2008. He also received a pair of All-Region, All-State, and All-Metro awards, as well as being named All-Conference three times. During his senior year Contreras was named MVP of the Senior All-State Classic Game and team MVP.
After high school Contreras attended the University of Wisconsin Parkside for two season before leaving to join Minnesota United. He spent 2014 with the United reserves in the NPSL and making a run into the Regional Semi-Final.
The following season, in 2015, Contreras was signed by the the USL Colorado Springs Switchbacks, where he helped them make it as far as the Western Conference Semi-Final.
FC Wichita is familiar with Contreras from his trial time with the Tulsa Roughnecks FC earlier this season. Contreras was in Tulsa’s training camp up until the last few days when he had the opportunity to join FC Wichita during a preseason friendly against the Roughnecks. “He didn’t disappoint in that match.” said GM Larry Inlow. “He scored our final goal making it 2-3, and had the potential to force a draw just moments later when he played a dangerous ball across the face of Tulsa’s goal.”
CEO Blake Shumaker shares Inlow’s excitement about the addition of Contreras. “We were pleased with Carlos in the exhibition match,” said Shumaker. “He’s a player who has multiple options of cities he could play for right now, so we’re very happy he’s decided to be in Wichita. His signing says a lot about the great work our staff has done in such a short time. We do our best to showcase our players, it’s whats best for both player and club and is by far our top priority.” Shumaker added, “after last season, eight players from our roster were offered professional contracts from clubs outside of Wichita. Success like that will only draw more quality each and every year.”