When soccer fans gather in Charlotte to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup final between England and Portugal, the city is home to a soccer team with a name that’s nearly synonymous with the sport: Charlotte Independence.
“This is a very unique moment for Charlotte,” said Mike McDaniel, co-owner of the Independence, in a news release.
“This is the largest sporting event in the world, and we are going to bring our city to the World Cup, which we have no other plans at this point.
The Independence are going up against a bunch of the best players in the game.”
The first match is scheduled for Friday, March 9, at 8 p.m.
As part of the tournament, the Independence will face the Netherlands at 10:30 a.m., while England and France will meet at 11:30 p.b.
The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and will be available to stream on the Independence’s website.
In addition to the Independence playing host to the world’s most prestigious sporting event, the team is a favorite for many people.
“This game is going to be a huge win for our city,” said Independence CEO Scott Dorman in a press release.
Charlotte has a rich history of soccer in its own right, but the Independence is just the latest franchise in a long history of pro sports teams.
More than 10,000 people attended the inaugural World Cup in 1996, when soccer was just a little more popular.
It was also the first soccer tournament to be held in a new city and was the first to be broadcast in the United States.
This year, the United Soccer League (USL) has been working to create a pro soccer league in Charlotte, and it’s the first time the league has taken the city into the tournament.
“It’s an exciting time to be an American soccer fan, and a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the sport in a way that people haven’t been able to before,” said USL Commissioner Bill Peterson.
After the Independence were granted a franchise by the USL, the Charlotte soccer community became a bit more aware of the team.
Many fans had never heard of the club before, and were surprised to learn that the Independence play in a city that’s a major soccer market.
The Independence have a number of fans on social media, and have been inundated with positive messages from fans.
There have been several local bars and restaurants that have become official sponsors for the Independence.
They’ve even given the team a $10,000 donation.
“We’re excited to see the city come together to support the team, and our fans, and to be part of something so important,” said McDaniel.