Is Charlotte Becoming A Soccer City?

CHARLOTTE, NC. — Thousands of fans cheered on the United States Women’s National Soccer Team at Bank of American Stadium on Thursday. The team played against Korea Republic as part of a victory tour match.

Many fans believe Charlotte is becoming a soccer city. Including, soccer star Megan Rapinoe.

“Seems like Charlotte’s a growing city and sort of growing in the right ways and seems like it has kind of a cool cultural movement. Obviously trying to pair that soccer and trying to get an MLS team would be really nice,” says Rapinoe.

Queen City Outlaws is Charlotte’s US soccer fan club, dozens showed up to a tailgate before the game.

“We’re really excited, we’re excited about the movement and the enthusiasm that his ownership seems to be encouraging in getting a team here,” says President of QCO Sarah Nesbitt.

Panthers owner David Tepper was spotted at the US Women’s National Soccer Team practice Wednesday night. He hasn’t been shy about wanting to bring an MLS team to Charlotte, and now he could be closer than ever to making that happen. There are reports that  city council talked about the a possible multi-million dollar request from David Tepper to bring Major League Soccer to the Queen City in a closed session.

Erik Spanberg with the Charlotte Business Journal, citing sources, says Tepper wants $110 million to $212 million for upgrades to the stadium, along with an MLS team HQ and practice facility.

“He has to assure Major League Soccer that he has a stadium that is up to standards for soccer, not just football,” says Spanberg.