Meet The Officers
President - David Gusler
Twitter Handle : @Gusbust3rI was born in Kernersville, NC, but my family moved to Charlotte when I was very young, so my roots are firmly planted right here in the Queen City. I grew up playing club & travel soccer here in the Carolinas, for clubs such as Cabarrus Football Club & FCCA. Through those experiences, I made many amazing connections with friends and mentors who influenced who I am today. I learned what makes the beautiful game such an enjoyable pastime for players and for fans. And I cannot wait to stand and be heard, with my fellow Charlotte FC supporters, in Bank of America stadium on that very first magnificent gameday.
Vice President - Matt Chantry
Twitter Handle : @mattchantry
Being from England soccer/ football is in my blood. I’ve lived in Charlotte for 6 years now and my wife is a native Charlottean so I was excited for the opportunity to support CLTFC and get involved with MCC.
I grew up a Fulham fan in England so I’m hoping I can finally get behind a team that wins occasionally! I’ve followed Fulham through the divisions in England seeing them play in around 50-60 stadiums from 1992 onwards and a few European stadiums too.
Outside of soccer I am a proud dad of 3 kids (Elizabeth, Will and Sam), husband to a woman much smarter than I am (Erin) and 2 dogs. My day job is Marketing Director here in Charlotte for EchoPark Automotive. And I live in the Belmont neighborhood close to uptown.
I love the discussions and good times I have with MCC members and my goal is to help us create a group that is passionate about soccer, Charlotte, and welcoming to all regardless of background or level of soccer knowledge.
Communications Director - Matt Swift
Twitter Handle : @160_Swiftly
Born in Kannapolis, NC, but grew up in Stanly County. I started playing soccer in 1994, right before the World Cup, and truly caught soccer fever. Charlotte landing an MLS team has indeed been a dream come true, something I never imagined would happen. I even went out a few days after the Team name announcement at got “CLTFC” tattooed on my forearm. Before joining Mint City Collective, I had no real sincere interest in joining a supporter's group. However, I started to see what MCC was all about and was impressed with how well organized it was. More importantly, I saw the potential of what it could be, not just to Charlotte FC but to the whole community. Not only have I decided to become a member, I became the Communication Director. I wanted to use my Marketing and PR skills to enhance and amplify to others what we are all about, what we stand for. I want people to see just what a great group we have here and I hope that people from all backgrounds and soccer IQ will want to come along on this journey with us.
IT Director - Jeff Eklund
Twitter Handle : @MintStHooligan
I am originally from the Chicagoland area and started playing soccer when I was only 3 years old. I grew up going to Chicago Fire matches and loved the drums, chanting, and emotion throughout the Supporters Section at every match that makes Soccer such a unique sport. This grew my love to the beautiful game even more, and created many friendships because of it. In 2016, I relocated to Charlotte due to work. I looked up the highest division soccer team at the time (Charlotte Independence) and grew a connection with this team since moving here. I knew the long term goal was to hopefully get this team promoted to MLS or a MLS team expansion in the near future. I went to the original MLS2CLT push in 2017 with hopes that Marcus Smith could land Charlotte a team. (Un)fortunately, that bid failed and was hopeful a different option would appear. Later in July 2019, I joined Mint City Collective after attending a MLS All-Star watch party at Courtyard Hooligans with renewed hope that MLS will arrive in Charlotte soon. That dream finally came true in December 2019. I now finally have a sports team to call my own here in Charlotte and be able to grow from the ground up with! I was elected as the first ever IT Director for Mint City Collective and hope to set a great foundation for the best Supporters group in the MLS!
Tailgating Lead - Chris Harmon
Twitter Handle : @KeepPounding84
I was born and raised in Charlotte, but have been living in Mooresville for the last 12 years. I grew up playing baseball and honestly didn't get into soccer until a little over 4 years ago when my son started playing, I became instantly hooked. I'm a big fan of all Charlotte and North Carolina pro-sports, evidenced by the 3 Charlotte pro-teams as a permanent part of my right arm. In addition to Mint City Collective, I'm a long time Roaring Riot (Carolina Panthers supporters group) member and leader of the Lake Norman Chapter. Looking forward to helping create an awesome tailgating experience.