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Team: Charlotte Independence
League: United Soccer League Championship, Eastern Conference
Home Stadium: Mecklenburg County Sportsplex, Matthews, N.C.
Previous Name in USL: Charlotte Eagles
Head Coach: Mike Jeffries
Charlotte Independence TicketsThe Queen City is fast becoming a prominent player in professional soccer. In 2021, a new Charlotte franchise owned by Carolina Panthers’ owner David Tepper will debut as Major League Soccer’s 21st franchise. While soccer fans in Charlotte have to wait just a bit longer to see the arrival of a new Major League team, the United Soccer League (USL) awarded an expansion franchise to the city in 2014, and so Charlotte's first professional soccer team was born. From its inaugural season in 2015, the USL’s Charlotte Independence has delivered exciting soccer action to local fans who were thrilled to watch as the new team made playoff appearances in 2016 and 2017. In the 2016 campaign, the Charlotte Independence accumulated a total of 50 wins, creating a new high record for the team. The current overall record stands at 56-52-50. The team’s 2020 roster is projected to include Dane Kelly, who stands atop the all-time regular-season goals list at 77. Kelly’s resume features spots on DC United with the MLS and the Jamaican National Team as well as being a key player in the Indy Eleven’s Eastern Conference championship run of 2010. You can enjoy professional soccer in Charlotte or follow the Independence to an away game when you pick up your tickets at StubHub.
Who is the head coach of the Charlotte Independence?Mike Jeffries will lead the Charlotte Independence in the upcoming 2020 season as head coach as he has done in each of the previous five seasons. Jeffries began the 2019 campaign as general manager with Jim McGuinnis as head coach. However, just one win in the first 14 matches brought Jeffries out of the front office and back onto the field. Jeffries’ accolades as a player include the 1983 Hermann Trophy while a member of the Duke Blue Devils and appearances on the US Men's Soccer team. In 2001, 2002 and 2003, Jeffries coached the Dallas Burn (FC Dallas) and was nominated for Coach of the Year in 2002.
What was the Charlotte Independence’s record in 2019?The Charlotte Independence went 9-14-11 in 2019. Eight of the wins came after Jeffries assumed the head coaching position he held in the previous four seasons. Under Jeffries’ leadership, the team earned 29 of its 38 points in 2019. Cheer on the Independence with your StubHub tickets as the club looks to improve from its 13th place finish in the 2019 Eastern Conference race.
Who are the Charlotte Indpenedence’s main rivals?The USL fields two rival soccer teams in the Tar Heel state, the Charlotte Independence and North Carolina FC. These clubs square off against each other in Charlotte and Cary, the home of North Carolina FC. The Charlotte-North Carolina FC rivalry predates the latter’s 2018 entry into the USL. North Carolina FC has notched a 9-1 record against Charlotte. The lone win for the Independence was a hard-fought elimination game in the 2015 Open Cup. The Charleston Battery and Atlanta United 2 also make for secondary regional rivals for the Charlotte Independence.
How long will the Charlotte Independence play at the Mecklenburg County Sportsplex?Since the spring of 2017, the Mecklenburg County Sportsplex in the Charlotte suburb of Matthews, N.C., has been the home field of the Charlotte Independence. In 2021, the team is slated to begin home play in the renovated American Legion Memorial Stadium. This stadium will hold 10,500 seats and has an expanded field space needed to host professional soccer. Excitement abounds in among Charlotte soccer fans as the anticipated return of the Independence to American Legion Memorial Stadium coincides with the debut of the MLS at Bank of America Stadium.
Where can I find Charlotte Independence tickets?StubHub has your tickets for Charlotte Independence home and away games and for all and its competitors in the USL. When you place a ticket order online at stubhub.com or via the StubHub app, you get virtual views of your seats to soccer action.
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