Charlotte FC may only be in its second MLS season after debuting in 2022, but this is a team with lofty goals and expectations. The 28th MLS franchise was created in 2019, and Charlotte FC has already developed tasty rivalries with teams in the surrounding area.
The Crown has several interesting matches left on their 2023 home schedule. They play their games at Bank of America Stadium, a facility that also hoses the Carolina Panthers of the NFL. Expect big crowds for upcoming matches against the Columbus Crew (Saturday, April 22), New York City FC (Saturday, May 6), and a local rivalry game against Nashville, SC, on Saturday, May 20.
Here is the biggest question for Charlotte FC based on their start to the 2023 season.
Charlotte FC has not started the 2023 MLS season in great form. The team is 14th in the Eastern Conference as of writing, with one win, two draws, and four defeats in its first seven games of the season. Only CF Montreal has fewer than the five points Charlotte FC has picked up so far, and they have played one game less than The Crown.
The good news is that there is plenty of time to turn the form around. To do that, the defense simply has to get better. Charlotte FC has conceded three goals in three of its seven games so far, all of which ended in defeat. Last time out against Real Salt Lake, those three goals came in the span of six minutes, with the quick-fire assault taking all the steam out of a performance that was going well (Charlotte FC was 1-0 up at the time) on the road.
If the simple mistakes at the back are fixed, this team has the talent to climb the league.