Charlotte Independence Tryouts

The Charlotte Independence is an American soccer team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. They play in the USL Championship, the second tier of the American soccer pyramid. They play their home games at Memorial Stadium in the Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Charlotte Independence Youth Development System

In April 2019, the Charlotte Independence announced a historic formation of the Charlotte Independence Soccer Club (Independence SC). Independence Soccer Club is one of the top-10 largest, youth-to-professional clubs in the United States with a player network of close to 12,000 members and playing levels for boys and girls ranging from recreation levels, ECNL, NPL, USL (United Soccer League) Academy, USL League Two, to the USL Championship, formed from existing youth soccer clubs of Carolina Rapids Soccer Club, Discoveries Soccer Club, and Lake Norman Soccer Club,. 

With the executive leadership team of Thomas Finlay (Chief Executive Officer), Chad Metzler (Chief Operations Officer), and Dave Carton (Technical Director), the club’s joint mission is to serve local communities and elevate each player’s pathway performance, while striving to develop, promote, and administer the game of soccer using the key values of Character, Commitment, Community, Competition, and Communication as the guiding principles to achieve success and provide an exceptional experience, while also developing and promoting life lessons and values.

The creation of Independence Soccer Club allows for pooled resources from all legacy clubs, which effectively elevates player experiences, expands club programming, increases coaching development opportunities, and strengthens partnerships with local municipalities and sponsors. It has also enhanced marketing efforts, increased sponsorship opportunities, and facilitated future infrastructure development in every single community associated with the club.

Furthermore, the affiliation with the Charlotte Independence professional soccer team provides players a clear pathway to the highest level of professional soccer. The Charlotte Independence currently plays in the United Soccer League Championship and is focused on building the profile of the club through culture, community and performance as the team moves to a revitalized 10,000-seat American Legion Memorial Stadium in the spring of 2021.

Together, the Independence and Independence Soccer Club are positioned to build a better club in serving the surrounding Charlotte-area soccer communities.

The Charlotte Independence Soccer Club offers a Youth Academy option for each region of our club to service our wide-ranging area. Each location offers its own Youth Academy.

Charlotte Independence Tryouts

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Charlotte Independence History

In 2014, the Charlotte Independence was launched. When the Charlotte Eagles decided to leave the USL Pro and join the amateur Premier Development League, they sold their franchise rights to the Charlotte Hawks (PDL).

The Declaration of Independence of Mecklenburg County serves as the inspiration for the Independence. The year 1775 is depicted on their crest, along with a horse-mounted Captain James Jack, who is credited with transporting the Declaration of Independence to Philadelphia. Each of the twelve designs featured the year and the name Jack.

Mike Jeffries was hired as the new head coach of the Independence on December 5, 2014. The team is referred to as “The Jacks” in honor of Jack. On March 28, 2015, the Independence were defeated 3–2 by the Charleston Battery at Transamerica Field in their inaugural game. In the 13th minute, Jack Thompson scored the first goal for the squad.

Charlotte Independence Stadium

Ramblewood Soccer Complex is constructing a temporary soccer stadium, which the team will use for the majority of their 2015 season, beginning on February 25, 2015. The Independence made its Ramblewood debut on June 20, 2015, after dividing their first five home games between the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Transamerica Field and Winthrop University’s Eagle Field.

Charlotte Independence American Legion Memorial Stadium

At the Sportsplex at Matthews in Matthews, North Carolina, on February 1, 2017, the team announced that they would be playing in a permanent 2,300-seat soccer stadium. American Legion Memorial Stadium in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, was refurbished in 2016. Memorial Stadium will be the new home of the team starting in 2021 after the club acquired a 10-year lease with the county.

Club Affiliations

One of the country’s largest youth soccer clubs was formed in April 2019 when the Carolina Rapids Soccer Club, Discoveries Soccer Club, and Lake Norman Soccer Club amalgamated into the Charlotte Independence Soccer Club. For its 12,000 members, the club offers a variety of programs, including Youth and Adult Recreation, TopSoccer, Boys and Girls Competitive, Boys and Girls ECNL, Boys U.S. Development Academy, USL2 and WPSL. There are just a few of young soccer teams in this area, region and country who have a direct pro pathway for their players because of their youth association with the professional club. CISC has four regional offices in the Carolinas, one in each of the north, south, east, and west of the state. Our service area includes Belmont, Cabarrus and North Mecklenburg in North Carolina as well as Fort Mill and York Counties in South Carolina. We also serve the communities of Belmont, Cabarrus, Cornelius and Davidson in North Carolina as well as Huntersville, Matthews and Mooresville in North Carolina.