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Source: Will Palaszczuk, WFNZ 

Charlotte FC has announced its first home opener date and opponent as they will host the LA Galaxy on March 5th in an 8 PM contest expected to be nationally televised.

The club will open its first weekend on the road during the February 26th match weekend, setting the stage for the standalone home opener that’s slated to draw an upper-bowl filled crowd at Bank of America Stadium.

“This match is a massive opportunity for Charlotte FC to make our first impression in Major League Soccer, but also to soccer’s global audience,” said CLTFC President Nick Kelly in a statement released by the club. “Playing against one of the most recognizable brands in the world in our inaugural home match only heightens the anticipation and makes this a truly historic moment in Charlotte sports history. We’ve been bold in making our goals known for this match—to achieve a sellout crowd and have the most attended game in league history—and we’re confident everyone across the Carolinas will come together to create an unrivaled environment to help bring home the first of many points at Bank of America Stadium.”

The club also announced that tickets are available for the season-opening match starting as low as $15 per seat.

In the press conference to promote the home opener, Head Coach Miguel Angel Ramirez said he hopes an opponent like LA Galaxy will provide a great spotlight for the first-year club.

“It’s the club all of us hear about when you talk about MLS. When David Beckham joined the club, everyone put their eyes on MLS.” Ramirez said. “It’s an opportunity to show up and show the MLS we are here.”

The MLS will announce the full 34-game schedule at a later date, as the team will play a home-and-home slate with its 13 fellow Eastern Conference clubs and eight games against the Western Conference.