The Charlotte Independence professional soccer team joined the United Soccer League (USL) Championship as an expansion team in September 2014. An ownership group led by Jim McPhilliamy, the President & Managing Partner of Major League Lacrosse’s Charlotte Hounds, acquired the franchise rights for the city from the Charlotte Eagles.
Initially, the team played at UNC Charlotte, Winthrop University and a temporary facility at Ramblewood Soccer Complex while a deal was struck with Mecklenburg County officials to renovate American Legion Memorial Stadium. Throughout, the Independence continued to grow by moving to their new home stadium at the Mecklenburg County Sportsplex at Matthews in spring of 2017.
In the fall of 2018, Queen City Sports Club and the Charlotte Independence professional soccer signed a 10-year lease to move to American Legion Memorial Stadium following a revitalization of the historic landmark set for spring of 2021.