The Charlotte Independence joined the United Soccer League (USL) 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 USL franchise rights for the city from the Charlotte Eagles in the summer of 2014. The Independence, owned and operated by Queen City Soccer Club, LLC, began play in the spring of 2015. Meanwhile, the Eagles move to the USL Premier Development League.
McPhilliamy and his investment group founded QCSC with the goal of making Charlotte a better place to live through annual increases in both the quality and quantity of events that are provided for the community. QCSC aims to be the premier sports and entertainment company in the region. The addition of the Independence soccer team is a huge leap for QCSC in furthering that vision.
The Independence name was chosen after a round of focus groups with Charlotte’s most passionate soccer fans, including members of the Queen City Outlaws, Charlotte’s Chapter of the American Outlaws. Independence serves to capture and celebrate Charlotte’s rebellious and visionary history.
On May 19, 1775, the citizens of Charlotte learned of the massacre of colonists by the British at the Battle of Concord and Lexington. Angered at this news and already burdened by the oppressive, unjust laws of King George III, a group of citizens met through the night and into the morning of May 20th to draft the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. It marked the first ever document in United States history to call for complete independence from the Crown of England and was signed by Mecklenburg citizens on May 20, 1775.
The group met again on May 31 to draft a set of Resolves that outlined how they would self govern. A young tavern owner, Captain James Jack, volunteered to take the treasonous documents to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Knowing full well that if caught he would be immediately hung, Captain Jack risked his livelihood to transport the documents. Captain Jack arrived safely in Philadelphia in June 1775, demanding Mecklenburg County’s Declaration of Independence be read into record.
Captain Jack has become a legendary figure in the annals of Charlotte Mecklenburg history. He is a significant symbol of our community — a community that has risked everything for the rights and protections that we take for granted today.
This spirit is what the Independence seeks to honor, both on and off the field.