- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 11, 2015
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Once again a new USL team has their sights set on a potential move to Major League Soccer in the future.
Charlotte Independence founder Jim McPhilliamy wants to see his new club in MLS, as stated in a report on Charlotte public radio station WFAE 90.7 and WFAE.org. The club is working on a marketing plan to target the 18-35 age range for a supporters’ group.
Charlotte is stating that they hope to follow the roadmap that Orlando City SC had done before them. Orlando began in the USL and eventually worked their way into a MLS expansion bid for this season.
The market for soccer in North Carolina has always been a good one and if the league wants to connect the dots so-to-speak on the map, adding Charlotte in to link up Atlanta and D.C. would make a ton of sense. Naturally MLS will want to see the supporters groups grow in the next couple of seasons, as well as the other key elements for an expansion team (financial backing from owners and a stadium plan) before they begin getting behind this market. Personally I like the idea of going to Charlotte.
Currently the Independence are playing out of local college stadiums before moving into a permanent home in 2016.