Soccer

The inaugural season for Charlotte FC is nearing, as last night they held their expansion draft, adding three players to their roster for the upcoming 2022 season. Today their full schedule for the season was released. Last night on Sports Radio FNZ, our very own Willie P hosted draft coverage for the club and followed that up with a visit on Wilson & Norfleet. Willie was asked about the playing model we can expect from Charlotte FC in Bank of America Stadium, and he replied:  An attacking style. He (Miguel Angel Ramirez) wants to play on the other side of the pitch. He wants to have an aggressive mindset. He wants to have very fast wingers and forwards that can keep the ball centralized, and in the attackng zone. 

Bank of America Stadium was the focus of the Queen City sports fan on Tuesday night and for the first time in a while it wasn't about the struggles of the Panther franchise that has some concerns about its future. Instead, the focus was on the MLS expansion franchise that held its expansion draft as they selected five players for the new franchise. Forward Orrin McKinze Gaines II (Austin FC), defender Anton Walkes (Atlanta United) and Joseph Mora (D.C. United) were the players selected by the franchise that they held on to at the conclusion of the night and will be a part of the inaugural season of MLS soccer in Charlotte. The team also selected defender Tristan Blackmon (Los Angeles Football Club) and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (New York City FC), both of whom were traded to other teams in exchange for valuable General Allocation Money (GAM) that can be used in free agency.

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 […]

Charlotte FC Head Coach Miguel Angel Ramirez sat down with WFNZ’s Will Palaszczuk for his first exclusive interview with a Queen City media source. Ramirez arrived in town two weeks ago and is in the process of helping to form the club’s roster in time for its opening match on February 26th. The native of […]

Charlotte FC Head Coach Miguel Angel Ramirez’ brings a varied and interesting background to his new perch in the Queen City. Ramirez, who hails from Las Palmas in the Canary Islands of Spain, started coaching in his home country at the Academy level before moving to posts in Greece & Qatar doing similar work. His […]

Charlotte FC Head Coach Miguel Angel Ramirez had to fight a battle that many international players have fought in securing his work visa to join his new club in the United States. He’s now in Uptown Charlotte, and forged with the task of fortifying a roster which currently has eight players, two of whom were […]