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New team in Charlotte to join MLS in 2021

Charlotte awarded 30th MLS expansion team

Wednesday 18th December 2019

The MLS is growing fast and has just announced its 30th expansion team: Charlotte, based in North Carolina.

The team will join the league for the start of the 2021 season and will play their home matches at the 67,000 capacity Bank of America stadium (home to the Carolina Panthers NFL team).

Whilst the announcement may come as a surprise to some, Charlotte is actually the 16th biggest city in the US with more inhabitants than Atlanta, San Francisco, Miami and Las Vegas. The city has previously hosted 2 European pre-season games, attracting crowds of over 60,000 for both Liverpool v AC Milan (in 2014) and PSG vs Chelsea (in 2015).

The MLS East club will be built from the ground up - currently the only thing we know is the stadium. The team's colours, crest and even name will all be announced in due course.

The next couple of years are a busy time for the league with 5 new teams joining in the next 3 seasons:

  • Inter Miami (2020)
  • Nashville (2020)
  • Austin (2021)
  • Charlotte (2021)
  • Sacramento Republic (2022)
  • St Louis (2022)

It is possible that the league will expand further with franchises rumoured for Las Vegas, Phoenix, Indianapolis and Raleigh, North Carolina.


About the Author: Rob Clarkson

Rob is the owner of footballgroundmap.com. A Sheffield United fan and father of two, Rob loves nothing more than a good game of football whether that's watching the Blades or one his local non-League teams. He's somewhat of a traditionalist, preferring the older grounds to newer purpose-built ones.

Away from this website, Rob works as an Ecommerce Development Project Manager for one of the UK's largest clothing retailers.

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