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There are two bids for a Major League Soccer team from North Carolina. Charlotte's has received a lot of attention. But there's also a bid up the highway in Raleigh. And there are significant differences, beginning with competing social media hash tags: #MLS4CLT and #919toMLS

County Leaders Pushing To Land MLS Team

Jan 20, 2017
charmeck.org

Mecklenburg County leaders are promoting a plan to help Charlotte land a Major League Soccer team. It would involve essentially reconstructing American Legion Memorial Stadium near uptown, and it would cost the city and county about $44 million each.

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The nation's top women's professional soccer team is moving to North Carolina. Under a deal announced Monday, the Western New York Flash of the National Women's Soccer League will become the North Carolina Courage. The team will play at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary when the season begins in April.

Charlotte Seniors Go For Cheerleading Gold

Jul 29, 2016
Ana Lucia Murillo / WFAE

The Silver Foxes are a frequent sight at community events throughout Charlotte. They’re also senior citizens, ranging in age from 55 to 80.

Charlotte Checkers

The Charlotte Checkers have a new head coach, Swedish-born Ulf Samuelsson. He played 16 years in the National Hockey League, and has now turned to coaching.

David Boraks / WFAE

The nation’s top athletes in canoe and kayak slalom are in Charlotte Friday and Saturday competing to represent the U.S. at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. They include two paddlers who moved to Charlotte to be near the U.S. National Whitewater Center, where the trials are being held.

Michal Smolen and Casey Eichfeld are exactly the kind of athletes founders were hoping to attract when they built the U.S. National Whitewater Center near the Catawba River a decade ago.

Michael Tomsic

Racing executives say NASCAR is in its best shape since the recession as the sport enters its new season. NASCAR leaders made their case in uptown Charlotte on Tuesday as part of an annual media event.

Charlotte's Other Sports

Jun 23, 2015

Quick.  Name Charlotte’s professional sports teams.  Okay, sure, the Panthers, the Hornets, the Knights.  Those are the easy answers but how about the Checkers, the Hounds, our minor-league professional hockey and lacrosse teams?  And there’s our minor league soccer team, the Charlotte Independence.  We take a look at the impact those teams are having on the city and talk to a man trying to diversify the city’s sports franchises.

Ben Bradford / WFAE

A former Charlotte Bobcats executive has a plan for soccer in Charlotte. He wants to spend  millions on a minor league team—started this year—with the goal of growing a fan base of thousands and ultimately getting absorbed into the major league. It’s not as crazy as it sounds. Some other cities have done just that in a matter of years.


Courtesy of Carolina Athletics

Former North Carolina men’s basketball coach Bill Guthridge died on Tuesday at age 77. 

Bill Guthridge led North Carolina to two Final Four appearances in his three years as head coach for the Tar Heels in the late 1990s. He won more games than any college head coach after two seasons and was named the 1997-1998 National Coach of the Year. He retired after the 2000 season.

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