Sportsplex at Matthews|
Matthews, North Carolina
|Owner||Queen City Soccer Club, LLC|
|Head Coach||Mike Jeffries|
|League||United Soccer League|
5th, Eastern Conference|
Playoffs: Conference Quarterfinals
The Charlotte Independence is an American soccer team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. They play in the United Soccer League, the second tier of the American soccer pyramid. They are affiliated with the Major League Soccer (MLS) team the Colorado Rapids. They play their home games at the Sportsplex at Matthews in Matthews, North Carolina.
The Charlotte Independence were founded in 2014. They acquired the USL Pro franchise rights for Charlotte from the Charlotte Eagles, who moved into the amateur Premier Development League (PDL).
The Independence take their name from Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. Their crest features the year 1775 (the year in which it was alleged to have been signed) and a horse-mounted Captain James Jack. Supporters were asked to choose one of twelve designs; all 12 featured the year and Jack.
On February 25, 2015, the team announced they would play most of their 2015 season in a temporary soccer stadium being assembled at Ramblewood Soccer Complex, near the I-77/I-485 interchange in the southwest corner of the city.   After splitting its first five home games between venues on University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Winthrop University, the Independence won their Ramblewood debut on June 20, 2015.  
|Year||Division||League||Win||Loss||Tie||Regular Season||Playoffs||U.S. Open Cup||Avg. Attendance|
|2015||3||USL||10||8||10||7th, Eastern||DNQ||Fifth Round||1,800|
|2016||3||USL||14||8||8||5th, Eastern||Conference Quarterfinals||Third Round||1,375|
|2017||2||USL||13||10||9||5th, Eastern||Conference Quarterfinals||Third Round||1,615|
- Jim McPhilliamy – President & Managing Partner
- Michael Behrman – Chief Operating Officer
- Wade Leaphart – Chief Revenue Officer
- Tom Engstrom – General Manager
- Mike Jeffries – Head Coach
- Troy Lesesne – Assistant Coach
- Joel Tyson – Goalkeepers Coach
|Seasons||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
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- "2015 Season-Ticket Pricing & Benefits Announced". February 23, 2015.
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- "Charlotte Independence rides momentum past Charleston Battery in 2-1 win". Charlotte Observer. June 20, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
- "INDEPENDENCE MOVING TO MATTHEWS". February 1, 2017.
- "Independence Announce First Signings". United Soccer Leagues (USL). January 8, 2015. Archived from the original on January 15, 2015. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
- "Team". September 9, 2014.
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