CHARLOTTE, N.C.- The Charlotte Independence of the Division II United Soccer League (USL) and WCCB-TV are pleased to announce that the Antenna TV Network (OTA channel 18.2) will broadcast all 24 Saturday evening Independence home and away games throughout the 2017 season. As the Independence enter their third season, the deal represents the first time that Independence games will be broadcast on local television. The home opener against rival Charleston Battery is the first telecast Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 7pm.
"With the recent ascension of the USL to Division 2 in the US Soccer pyramid and the return of our core players from last year’s playoff team, the expectations for our team and league have never been higher." said Michael Behrman, Chief Operating Officer of the Independence. "Local TV coverage plus our move to the Sportsplex at Matthews will greatly increase the presence of Charlotte’s pro soccer team and we are pleased to grow our product for our supporters and sponsors."
“Everyone at WCCB is very excited to partner with the Charlotte Independence and the USL. We look forward to serving our market in bringing professional soccer to television in 2017.” said Jim White, VP/General Manager of WCCB-TV and the Antenna network.
All 24 Saturday matches will be shown by the local providers and dates provided below.
In addition, all Independence home and away matches will continue to be shown on YouTube via the USLsoccer.com Official Match Center and Charlotte Independence website.
For a full schedule of Charlotte Independence matches, visit Charlotteindependence.com. The team will be moving to their new home stadium in the Sportsplex at Matthews on Saturday, June 17th when they take on the Harrisburg City Islanders at 7:00 PM ET. Season tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by calling 704-206-1520.
Local Providers of Antenna Network:
Over the Air – Channel 18.2
Charter - Channel 199
Comporium - Channel 117
Fibrant (Salisbury, NC) - Channel 44
MI Connection - Channel 105
Skyline/Skybest - Channel 262
Spectrum (Time Warner Cable) - Channel 1261
Truvista - Channel 82
Saturday, April 1st - vs. Charleston Battery
Saturday, April 8th - @ Orlando City B
Saturday, April 15th - vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Saturday, April 22nd - @Saint Louis FC
Saturday, April 29th - vs. New York Red Bulls II
Saturday, May 27th - @ Orlando City B
Saturday, June 3rd - vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies
Saturday, June 10th - @ FC Cincinnati
Saturday, June 17th - vs. Harrisburg City Islanders
Saturday, June 24th - @ Richmond Kickers
Saturday, July 1st - vs. Rochester Rhinos
Saturday, July 8th - vs. Saint Louis FC
Saturday, July 15th - @ New York Red Bulls II
Saturday, July 29th - @ Bethlehem Steel FC
Saturday, August 5th - vs. Louisville City FC
Saturday, August 12th - @Ottawa Fury FC
Saturday, August 19th - vs. Orlando City B
Saturday, August 26th - vs. Toronto FC II
Saturday, September 2nd - vs. Richmond Kickers
Saturday, September 9th - @ Charleston Battery
Saturday, Septemeber 16th - vs. Ottawa Fury FC
Saturday, September 23rd - @ Tampa Bay Rowdies
Saturday, October 7th - @ Louisville City FC
Saturday, October 14th - vs. Charleston Battery