The Charlotte City Council approved $110 million in stadium and franchise funding in late November, using revenue from a hospitality tax. The MLS Board of Governors convened in early December to discuss the Charlotte bid and authorized final negotiations with Tepper. The expansion team was officially awarded to Charlotte by MLS at an event at the Mint Museum on December ...
In 2020: The club postpones its inaugural season to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic on July 17, 2020.
On November 2020: The club hires Miguel Ángel Ramírez as its first head coach.
In 2021: The club signs its first player, Spanish defender Sergio Ruiz, from Racing Santander on July 8, 2021. The club participates in the 2021 MLS Expansion Draft on December 14, 2021, selecting five players from other MLS teams. The club also signs several players from other leagues, such as Brazilian midfielder Brandão from Atlético Mineiro and American forward Ricardo ...
In 2022: The club plays its first MLS game, losing 3-1 to Atlanta United FC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 26, 20222 The club wins its first MLS game, beating New York City FC 2-1 at Bank of America Stadium on March 5, 20222 The club finishes its inaugural season in tenth place in the Eastern Conference and eighteenth place ...
History of the Charlotte FC
Charlotte FC is a professional soccer team that joined Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2022. The team was founded by Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper and his ownership group, which includes NBA legend Michael Jordan. Charlotte FC has been building up its roster since it announced the franchise in December 2019 to become one of MLS’s top teams when they begin to play next year.
The history of soccer in Charlotte dates back to 1997 when the original USL Pro side, known as the Charlotte Eagles, played their first game at Memorial Stadium before moving to nearby Matthews for several years following their inaugural season. In 2004, another version of pro-soccer returned to town with an expansion franchise known as the Charlotte Independence. They competed in USL Pro and then United Soccer League from 2014 until 2020 when they made way for MLS's newest club -Charlotte Football Club (FC).
In anticipation of their debut season next year, fans are eagerly awaiting what promises to be an exciting first campaign for this new franchise which will join other clubs such as Atlanta United and Orlando City SC on field turf across North America’s premier league competition – MLS! With a strong core leadership group assembled behind them, including former USMNT coach Bruce Arena leading operations off-field alongside sporting director Zoran Krneta & head coach Phil Neville, there is no doubt that this organization has all the necessary tools needed to build a successful future within American professional soccer landscape.
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2021 – Present / Major League Soccer
2021 – Present / Charlotte FC
Charlotte FC – Charlotte FC, the newest Major League Soccer (MLS) team to join the league in 2021, has recently announced its official nickname. The name “Charlotte FC” was chosen to represent the city of Charlotte and its soccer fans. But what is behind this choice?
The name “FC” stands for Football Club, a common term used throughout Europe and other parts of the world for professional soccer teams. This reflects Charlotte's status as an international destination with a diverse population that loves football just as much as any other part of America or Europe!
In addition to being symbolic of global recognition, many local ties are associated with this new club's name too! For example: "FC" also stands for "Futbol Club," which pays homage to Charlotte's rich history with Hispanic culture and its deep-rooted passion for futbol (soccer). It also acknowledges North Carolina’s thriving youth clubs which have been helping shape our region into one that embraces all aspects of sports from around the globe - including those from Latin America, such as futbol/soccer.
Furthermore, it honors Queen City Soccer – a grassroots organization founded by locals who wanted more opportunities in competitive play at home rather than having them travel out-of-state frequently–and recognizes how far they've come since then—from small kickabouts on neighborhood streets into becoming one big family united under one banner: 'Let Us Play.' Finally, it celebrates all those involved in ensuring future generations can enjoy playing soccer right here where they live—on fields across Mecklenburg County, thanks mainly to private investment initiatives like the Foundation For The Carolinas' Field Of Dreams project.
In short, the choice behind "Charlotte FC" isn't just about representing MLS but recognizing everyone whose hard work helped make dreams a reality so we could finally have our professional team here at home! So no matter if you're cheering on your favorite players or simply supporting your hometown club —you'll always be able to do so proudly, knowing exactly why we chose this memorable moniker back when MLS first permitted us to start building something unique together... Go, Team!"
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2021 – Present / Bank of America Stadium
2019 - Present / David Tepper
*Blue is this team’s history