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Charlotte Independence release 2018 USL schedule

Mark your calendars for the home opener on March 17th.

SOCCER: MAY 31 U.S. Open Cup Third Round - Charlotte Independence at North Carolina FC Photo by Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The fourth season for the Charlotte Independence kicks off this March against Ottawa Fury FC as the Independence look to return to the USL playoffs for the third consecutive year.

The Independence are the USL affiliate of our very own Colorado Rapids and, as history has proven, many players that spent time on loan have made meaningful contributions to the Burgundy Boys. Players such as Marlon Hairston and Caleb Calvert spent time in the Queen City and the time there assisted in their development.

All home games are played at the Sportsplex in Matthews, North Carolina and the Jacks will play a total of 34 regular season games (17 H, 17 A). Each team will play each other twice (home and away) with four extra rivalry games as well. All matches will be streamed live on YouTube.

Check out the full schedule here.

Some general thoughts about the schedule:

  • Charlotte has five of their first six matches at home where points will be critical. A good start is important for the Independence as they faded in their last ten games in 2017. The Independence were near the top of the table in 2017 before finishing with a five-game losing streak and a 2-6-2 (8 points) record in their last ten. They still made the playoffs, but bowed out on the road 2-1 to Rochester Rhinos.
  • A strong start is important as the Independence will be facing a massive five-game road trip at the end of May and beginning of June. Having points banked will off-set any tough decisions on the road that may come.
  • The Independence face in-state rival North Carolina FC three times and wrap the regular season on October 13th with a massive derby in Matthews.
  • June will be a busy month for Charlotte with a total of seven USL matches and a possible US Open Cup match in the middle of the month.

The Independence open training camp in February in preparation for their home opener on March 17th in Matthews.