• Top 5 Takeaways from MLS Week 15

    What a time to be a soccer fan. This week saw Charlotte FC formally introduce its first manager, the US national teams advance in the Gold Cup and Olympics, and Season 2 of Ted Lasso arrived. Despite a few notable absences, Major League Soccer ticked on as the backdrop to it all, and was entertaining as ever.
  • Top 5 MLS Summer Storylines

    So, coming off a rare rest week, today begins that grueling part of the season. The wheat will be separated from the chaff. So hop aboard, Charlotte, and I’ll get you up to speed on the teams and players to monitor this summer as MLS rolls onward towards the playoffs… 
  • MCC- Gold Cup 2021 Preview

    The Copa America has finished with Lionel Messi finally lifting his elusive international trophy. The Euros are set to conclude with England taking on Italy in the final. Up next is the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the international slate. Before the USMNT take the pitch against Haiti on July 11, 2021 8:30 PM EST, let's take a look at what's to come.
  • New Coach? What Miguel Ángel Ramírez Could Bring to the Table

    The first coach in Charlotte FC history has been announced ... or so it seems.

    According to Paul Tenorio from The Athletic, Miguel Angel Ramirez is set to take the crown as the first coach in the clubs history.

  • Charlotte FC Academy: MLS Next Tournament & What Comes Next?

    In what most would call a successful inaugural season for the newly founded academy, after going to the playoffs and making it to the round of sixteen in said playoffs, there are a ton of positives moving forward. In the first game of the MLSNext cup, Charlotte took on St. Louis and pulled out a hard-fought 1-0 win. There was instant drama in the first minute with Charlotte having to save a penalty. Wilson got the lone goal of the game and secured the win and a chance to take on host FC Dallas.
  • New Player Signing: Adam Armour

    Adam Armour has signed with Charlotte F.C. on a two and a half year contract with a one year option. Adam comes back to his home state to wear the crown from German club F.C. Nurnberg. Armour is the sixth signing of the club and also the youngest at 18. Armour has featured with the U.S. U-17 team 19 times and caught the eye of his new hometown club.
  • 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.