On Tuesday the Charlotte Independence learned their USL opponents (they open at home to Louisville City FC) but lost in that announcement was the preseason schedule. Charlotte will play a total of six preseason matches as they prepare for their second season in USL.
The pre-season schedule:
Saturday, 27 February--vs North Carolina State University
Thursday, 3 March--at Winthrop University
Saturday, 5 March--vs University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Saturday, 12 Marc--vs Carolina RailHawks
Sunday, 13 March--at Davidson University
Saturday, 19 March--at University of North Carolina Charlotte
The preseason matches will be crucial for Charlotte as they have just ten current players on the roster and will be looking to bring together a squad that can compete for a USL playoff spot. In 2015, Charlotte fell just one point outside of a playoff spot and will be looking to change that in 2016. In addition, there will be several players from Colorado Rapids that will go on loan with the Independence and it will be interesting to see how Gaffer Mike Jeffries blends these players together.