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  • Top 5 Takeaways from the Nations League

    In case you aren’t yet aware (which is unlikely given the absolute scenes that reverberated around the sports world), the United States won the CONCACAF Nations League late Sunday night. Their 3-2 Extra Time win versus archrival México had everything, from VAR drama to “shushing” of bottle-throwing fans to backup goalkeeper heroics.
  • Top 6 Takeaways from MLS Week 6

    I found the symmetry of last week’s title (“Top 5 Takeaways of Week 5”) so satisfying that I’m giving you a bonus for Week 6. Don’t get used to it though. I may be the biggest MLS Nerd in Charlotte, but I don’t have time to write “Top 27 Takeaways of Week 27”. … As much as I might like to.
  • Mint City, Chapter by Chapter: Kernersville

    Kernersville (kur∙nrz∙vl) and passionate (pa∙shuh∙nuht) are two words that are synonymous talking about North Carolina and soccer. Kernersville, a town just east of Winston-Salem, west of Greensboro, and north of High Point, is no newcomer to soccer. This community has a strong soccer foundation and an enthusiasm for the game that stands up to any big city. So, when Charlotte won an expansion team, being involved was never in question but rather, how.
  • Top 5 Takeaways from MLS Week 5

    Welcome to Week 5. The East is a giant cluster with 12 teams a game or two apart. In the West, Seattle are kinda dominating even without their best player, and down in last place is… LAFC?!? 
  • Top 5 Takeaways from MLS Week 4

    Here we are, one month into the 2021 season! A lot can (and will) change before the MLS Cup Playoffs in November, but by now we at least have a pretty good idea of which clubs were prepared to compete in the first leg of the season. 

     Need to catch up on what the league landscape looks like as we hit the one-month marker? Keep scrolling!

  • Top 5 Takeaways from MLS Week 3

    If you saw the last two installments, you know the drill now. Week 3 is in the books, and it’s time for me to synthesize 13 matches-worth of play into five storylines I find most relevant and/or interesting for the casual MLS observer. 


  • Top Takeaways from MLS Week 2

    With the buzz of Opening Week in the rearview mirror, Major League Soccer continues in earnest! This is when a season’s narratives actually start to take shape. One good or bad performance is just that… but string together two? That’s the beginning of a pattern. Patterns that, over the course of...
  • Top 5 Takeaways From MLS Opening Weekend

    Written by Thomas Hair Spring is a special time of year in Carolina. Flowers are blooming. Birds are singing. And… Charlotte FC supporters are cha...
  • MLS Offseason Report and Team-by-Team Preview

    This week Major League Soccer kicks off their 26th season with expansion team, Austin FC, pushing the league to 27 teams entering the competition. Last year saw Portland Timbers lift the MLS Is Back Cup, the Philadelphia Union capture their first bit of silverware with the Supporter’s Shield...
  • Mint City Collective 7on7 Kicks Off

    It's so refreshing to write this and announce that the Mint City Collective is fielding its very first 7on7 team!   A year removed from the start ...
  • MLS By Acronyms

    Major League Soccer's rules and regulations can be confusing. We are here to help with that
  • The MLS Schedule in 2021 and What To Expect in 2022

    In our current topsy-turvy “Covid-times,” nothing is set in stone, but for now we at least have a baseline of what to expect in the coming year for MLS. With this information and past MLS schedules, we can begin to paint a picture of what the future holds for Charlotte FC’s inaugural season.