Charlotte Eagles

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Charlotte Eagles
Charlotte Eagles new logo.png
Full nameCharlotte Eagles Soccer Club
Nickname(s)The Eagles
Founded1991; 27 years ago (1991)
StadiumSportsplex at Matthews
Matthews, North Carolina
Capacity2,300
PresidentPat Stewart
Head CoachLuke Helmuth
LeagueUSL League Two
20184th, South Atlantic Division
Playoffs: DNQ
WebsiteClub website

The Charlotte Eagles are an American professional soccer team based in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. Founded in 1991, the team plays in USL League Two, the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.

The team plays its home games at the Sportsplex at Matthews. The team's colors are orange, white and blue.

History[edit]

Founded in 1991 as the Charlotte Eagles Soccer Club, the team turned professional when it entered the USISL in 1993.[1] The Eagles enjoyed a brief spell in the A-League before financial troubles caused them to return to the lower level.

The Eagles are a division of Missionary Athletes International (MAI), an organization which undertakes sports ministry to share the message of Christianity through the environment of soccer. They are a sister organisation of the USL League Two side Southern California Seahorses, and also field a women's team – the Charlotte Lady Eagles – in the Women's Premier Soccer League.

Back to the PDL[edit]

In 2016 The Charlotte Eagles were profiled by Britain's The Guardian newspaper. The piece highlighted the team's policy of discrimination against openly gay and bisexual players.[2]

Colors and badge[edit]

Stadiums[edit]

Stadium Location Term Notes
Patten Stadium
(Charlotte Latin School)
Charlotte 1998–1999 One game in 2012
Irwin Belk Track and Field Center/Transamerica Field Charlotte 2000–2002 One game in 2014
Waddell Stadium
(E. E. Waddell High School)
Charlotte 2003–2007
Panthers Stadium
(Providence High School)
Charlotte 2003 Five games
Restart Field
(Charlotte Christian School)
Charlotte 2008–2012
2016–2017
Eagle Field Rock Hill 2011–2012 Two games
Manchester Meadows Rock Hill 2012 One game
Dickson Field
(Queens University of Charlotte)
Charlotte 2013–15
Sportsplex at Matthews Matthews 2017–present PDL Semi-final and final.

Media[edit]

The Eagles receive written coverage from Charlotte's major daily newspaper The Charlotte Observer. Highlights are often shown on local news broadcasts. All games are shown live on the Charlotte Eagles official YouTube page. Harrison Raby is the play-by-play voice for home broadcasts.

Players and staff[edit]

Roster[edit]

As of August 7, 2017 [3]
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
0 Panama GK Humberto Pelaez
1 United States GK James Pyle
2 United States MF Collin Smith
3 United States DF Curren Page
4 Brazil DF Douglas Oliveira
5 Serbia MF Jovan Petrović
6 Canada DF Rachaun Palmer
7 Kenya FW Kelvin Omondi
8 United States MF Ryan Williams
9 Nigeria FW Kosi Nwafornso
10 Ghana MF Paul Afful
11 Zimbabwe FW Ashley Sibisi
12 United States MF Zach Harris
No. Position Player
13 Colombia DF Gio Bejarano
14 Spain DF Dani Siaj
15 United States FW Shavon John-Brown
16 United States FW Steve Teshima
17 Zambia FW Mutaya Mwape
18 United States DF Langdon Roscoe
19 Brazil FW João Costa
20 United States MF Derick Gonzalez
21 Trinidad and Tobago FW Andrew Revanales
22 Antigua and Barbuda DF Hazeley Pyle
23 United States MF Lyndsey Moreland
24 United States GK Andrew Pannenberg
26 Ghana DF Foster Appiah
42 Cameroon MF David Koloko

Staff[edit]

  • United States Pat Stewart – President
  • United States Benjamin Ressler – Director of Teams
  • United States Dave Dixon – Head Coach
  • United States Andrew Pierce – General Manager

Notable former players[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

  • United States Brian Davidson (1993–1996)
  • United States Mark Steffens (1997–2014)
  • United States Dave Dixon (2014–present)

Achievements[edit]

Record[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
1993 N/A USISL 8th, Atlantic Did not qualify Did not enter
1994 3 USISL 3rd, Atlantic Divisional Finals Did not enter
1995 3 USISL Pro League 2nd, Atlantic Divisional Semifinals Did not qualify
1996 3 USISL Pro League 1st, South Atlantic Final Did not qualify
1997 3 USISL D-3 Pro League 3rd, South Atlantic Final Did not qualify
1998 3 USISL D-3 Pro League 3rd, Atlantic Quarterfinals 2nd Round
1999 3 USL D-3 Pro League 1st, Atlantic Semifinals Did not qualify
2000 3 USL D-3 Pro League 3rd, Southern Champions Did not qualify
2001 2 USL A-League 3rd, Central 1st Round Did not qualify
2002 2 USL A-League 4th, Southeast 1st Round Did not qualify
2003 2 USL A-League 4th, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2004 3 USL Pro Soccer League 1st, Southern Final 2nd Round
2005 3 USL Second Division 2nd Champions 3rd Round
2006 3 USL Second Division 2nd Final 2nd Round
2007 3 USL Second Division 4th Semifinals 2nd Round
2008 3 USL Second Division 1st Final 2nd Round
2009 3 USL Second Division 4th Final 1st Round
2010 3 USL Second Division 4th Did not qualify 1st Round
2011 3 USL Pro 7th Did not qualify 2nd Round
2012 3 USL Pro 7th Did not qualify Quarterfinals
2013 3 USL Pro 5th Final 3rd Round
2014 3 USL Pro 12th Did not qualify 3rd Round
2015 4 PDL 1st, South Atlantic Conference Semifinals Did not qualify
2016 4 PDL 1st, South Atlantic Conference Semifinals 2nd Round
2017 4 PDL 2nd, South Atlantic Champions 2nd Round
2018 4 PDL 4th, South Atlantic Did not qualify 1st Round

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tradition & Excellence: A Look Back
  2. ^ Kay, Bryan (2016-05-06). "The evangelical soccer team: no fouls, no diving, no gay players". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Retrieved 2017-08-07.

External links[edit]

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