Category: Charlotte

OSG/SDH Sunday SoccerCast: Long Island Rough Riders vs. Charlotte Eagles

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The Eastern Conference champ will be crowned in the PDL tonight…

Long Island shut out Myrtle Beach and Charlotte needed extra time before taking care of Seacoast Phantoms…

Kickoff is at 8PM EDT

Enjoy, y’all!

 

 

SDH Saturday SoccerCast: PDL Eastern Conference Semi-Finals

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Over here at SDH, it’s another PDL conference semi-final…

Kickoffs start at 6:00 as Myrtle Beach takes on Long Island Rough Riders

And, then, at 830PM EDT, it’s Seacoast Phantoms and Charlotte Eagles with the winners going at it Sunday evening for the conference championship…

Enjoy, y’all!

“Soccer Down Here” Daily: After Dark Your 2017 USL Preview

Jason Longshore and Jon Nelson catch everyone up on the USL season in the southeast…

President Andrew Bell of the Charleston Battery, manager Leigh Cowlishaw and Matthew Delicate of the Richmond Kickers, and head coach Mike Jeffries of the Charlotte Independence all talk about soccer down here and the upcoming season…

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/soccerdownhere/2017/03/25/sdh-special-2017-usl-preview

USL Soccer Releases “Raise Your Game” Ad For 2017 Season

And, on the same day MLS released their PSA for the 2017 season, USL Soccer did the same thing with their season starting next weekend…

Raise Your Game…

And the games kick in next weekend…

As a side note, SDH Daily will be checking in with the Charleston Battery as they progress throughout the season…

And, as a tease, SDH will be doing some USL programs as we all get closer to the beginning of the season…

Charlotte will submit MLS expansion bid tomorrow

After Charlotte’s City Council decided to postpone a vote on their financial commitment to a stadium for the city’s MLS expansion bid, some wondered if Marcus Smith would continue his group’s pursuit of a franchise. Monday’s press conference removed all doubt and Charlotte will be one of the cities that submit an expansion bid ahead of MLS’ Tuesday deadline.

Smith told the Charlotte Business Journal’s Erik Spanberg that MLS did not want the stadium negotiations to end Charlotte’s bid. He said that there is not a deadline for the city’s decision.

However, in this afternoon’s press conference, Speedway Motorsports’ Chief Strategy Officer Mike Burch said that the city’s support will be needed sooner rather than later.

The terms of the proposal are the same, the stadium proposal calls for the city to match Mecklenburg County’s committed $43.75 million. That funding would come from taxes generated by tourism and would not be pulling from tax dollars earmarked for other projects. Burch also said that while the city postponed last week’s scheduled vote on the proposal, talks are ongoing and promising enough to continue with the bid.

With Phoenix a new addition, there are eleven confirmed cities that are expected to submit official bids to MLS tomorrow. Burch said that the league told his group that twelve bids were expected, but it is unclear as to what city would be the twelfth.

Charlotte’s MLS bid up for discussion this week

Marcus Smith, CEO of Speedway Motorsports, is putting together plans for his Major League Soccer expansion bid ahead of the league’s January 31 deadline for proposals. Mecklenburg County will have a public forum tomorrow to discuss Smith’s proposal for a $175 million stadium project. The costs for the project would be split between the government and the local ownership group.

The Charlotte Business Journal broke the news about the proposal last week. After the public forum and surveys of local residents are compiled, the county commissioners will vote Thursday on the project.

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Charlotte’s American Legion Memorial Stadium (Image provided by Bz3rk to Wikipedia)

American Legion Memorial Stadium, the proposed venue, was opened in 1936 and is currently the home to Major League Lacrosse’s Charlotte Hounds. It is the old home of the American Soccer League’s Carolina Lightnin’ from 1981-1984.

Smith feels like the Memorial Stadium location is the only suitable one for MLS in Charlotte. He told Ashley Mahoney of The Charlotte Post, “We definitely did a lot of studying a number of different location options. It really does narrow down to Memorial for Charlotte. More broadly, it narrows down for MLS, it really narrows down to Uptown Charlotte. If you’re not in Uptown, then it’s probably not a winning bid.”

With North Carolina FC, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, and Nashville all chasing franchises in the South, it will be quite a competition to see who makes the cut to be clubs 25-28 in MLS.