Soccer

Panthers owner David Tepper talks to reporters in 2018 at Bank of America Stadium. Two officials said Monday they expect Major League Soccer will award Tepper its 30th franchise by the end of this week.
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Major League Soccer says its Board of Governors will discuss “potential expansion markets, including Charlotte” at its meeting Thursday. 

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The U.S. Women's National Soccer team is coming to Charlotte for the first time in almost 20 years. 

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Charlotte is getting another professional soccer team.  Stumptown Athletic is scheduled begin playing this fall in a new men's league at the third level of U.S. soccer. 

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An international soccer tournament is returning to Charlotte this weekend. Next month European Soccer clubs Arsenal and Roma will play here as well. Is Charlotte becoming a premier destination for soccer fans? 

Thomas Finlay, left, of the Carolina Rapids and Jim McPhilliamy, owner of the Charlotte Independence professional soccer team, announced the creation of a new youth to professional club in the Charlotte region.
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Charlotte Independence Soccer Club is the new organization's name. It will have more than 12,000 players from Fort Mill, South Carolina, to Iredell County. It's being formed by the merger of the Carolina Rapids in the Lake Norman area, Discoveries Soccer Club in Fort Mill, and Lake Norman Soccer Club in Mooresville.

Architect's drawing shows plan for a renovated Memorial Stadium near uptown Charlotte. JenkinsPeer Architects is working with the county.
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Charlotte missed out on winning a Major League Soccer franchise last year. But hopes remain that the city might still have a shot, especially since Carolina Panthers' owner David Tepper keeps saying he's interested. But what if a women's team became the first top-level professional club here? 

Dortmund (yellow) faced Liverpool in the International Champions Cup at Bank of America Stadium Sunday.
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A crowd of more than 55,000 soccer fans was at Bank of America Stadium Sunday afternoon to watch Germany's Borussia Dortmund beat England's Liverpool in the International Champions Cup.  

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International soccer fans will fill Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium Sunday as England's Liverpool faces off against Germany's Borussia Dortmund.

The match is part of the International Champions Cup, which comes to Charlotte for the third time in four years. 

Two of Europe's top professional soccer clubs will face off in Charlotte this summer as part of an international soccer tournament.  England's Liverpool plays Germany's Dortmund on Sunday, July 22, at 4 p.m. at Bank of America Stadium.

There are two bids for a Major League Soccer team from North Carolina. Charlotte's has received a lot of attention. But there's also a bid up the highway in Raleigh. And there are significant differences, beginning with competing social media hash tags: #MLS4CLT and #919toMLS

The bid to bring Major League Soccer to Charlotte has tripped up plans by the city's existing pro soccer team to play at a renovated Memorial Stadium near uptown. So the Charlotte Independence have come up with a plan B for now - a move to Matthews Sportsplex.

Mike Burch of Speedway Motor Sports talks to reporters about the Major League Soccer bid.
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The ownership group that wants to bring Major League Soccer to Charlotte says it will submit a bid by the league's deadline Tuesday. That's despite the city council's decision last week not to vote on helping to pay for a new $175 million stadium near uptown.

A Charlotte group’s bid for a Major League Soccer team appeared well on its way Thursday morning, when Mecklenburg County Commissioners voted 5 to 3 in favor of contributing $44 million toward a new stadium. Less than an hour later, it was apparently dead.  

Deputy City Manager Ron Kimble outlined a stadium proposal that could help lure Major League Soccer to Charlotte.
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A proposal to bring Major League Soccer to Charlotte is moving quickly toward a Jan. 31 deadline set by the league. Both the Mecklenburg County Commission and the Charlotte City Council could vote on a stadium plan this week. But some officials think that's too fast.

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The nation's top women's professional soccer team is moving to North Carolina. Under a deal announced Monday, the Western New York Flash of the National Women's Soccer League will become the North Carolina Courage. The team will play at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary when the season begins in April.

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As the Carolina Panthers count the hours until Super Bowl 50, they’ve found support from another football team - not American football, but the other football - Leicester City of the British Premier League.

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A former Charlotte Bobcats executive has a plan for soccer in Charlotte. He wants to spend  millions on a minor league team—started this year—with the goal of growing a fan base of thousands and ultimately getting absorbed into the major league. It’s not as crazy as it sounds. Some other cities have done just that in a matter of years.


Soccer In Charlotte

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Friday, November 21, 2014

We’re talking futbol.  That’s futbol with a “u.” In other words, soccer. Interest in soccer has been slow to build in this country when compared to the rest of the world but the recent World Cup did wonders to build that interest and next year, Charlotte is getting its very own professional soccer.  We hear from the GM of the Charlotte Independence, the coach of the Davidson team and others. 

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Two soccer powerhouses, Germany and Argentina, will compete this weekend in the World Cup final. The tournament is the most watched sporting event on Earth, but that passion may have negative economic ramifications, a UNC Charlotte economist has found.

  

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Charlotte already hosts a number of major sporting events each year.  There are the NASCAR races – of course, and Panthers and Bobcat games.  But later this summer the city may briefly be home to two of the best professional soccer teams in the world.