The Grateful Goose Pt. I

The year that was behind the microphone.

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I spent a lot of time behind the microphone talking about Carolina soccer this season. Now that those seasons have come to a close, I’d like to look back on my experiences and thank the folks who were a part of a memorable podcasting year.

Appreciative Hour Soccer

The first podcast I was consistently apart of I did with my best bud Chris Davis. The name of that podcast was called Amateur Hour Soccer. The name having two fold meaning. Primarily because we were covering amateur soccer, also because we ourselves were far from professionals. Chris Davis and I were able to visit…


A turf issue in Canada turns a road match into a home game for the Jacks, who are trying to forget about that U.S. Open Cup loss.

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(Photo Credit: Johnny Wakefield)

Saturday’s Charlotte Independence game was originally supposed to be played at BMO Field in Toronto, but a turf issue caused the match to be relocated to the Sportsplex at Matthews, gifting the Jacks a bonus home game, much to the dismay of USL fans elsewhere.

For the game itself, Charlotte and Toronto will both have a short turnaround between games. Charlotte played a U.S. Open Cup game against the Ocean City Nor’easters Wednesday, while TFCII played against Atlanta United 2 Wednesday. …


A literal and figurative storm is coming to Matthews as the Jacks face the Ocean City Nor’easters in the second round.

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(Photo Credit: Elisha Dyck)

Charlotte enters the Second Round of the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday night against a team that is no pushover. The Ocean City Nor’easters are a PDL squad from New Jersey, and in the “Modern Era” (1995-present) only two other amateur teams, the Michigan Bucks and Des Moines Menace, have more wins in this tournament.

The Nor’easters have totaled 10 U.S. Open Cup wins as well as five upsets of professional teams.

In the first round of this year’s tournament, they won handily against AFC Ann Arbor of the NPSL, 3–0 on the road. …


Another game with teams heading in opposite directions, another chance for last summer’s surprise turnaround to repeat itself.

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(Photo Credit: Elisha Dyck)

The Charlotte Independence welcome FC Cincinnati to the Sportsplex this weekend, and once again it’s a story of two teams trending in opposite directions.

Cincinnati is now sitting atop the Eastern Conference while Charlotte has fallen to 12th. The Independence have set a club record for four games without a goal. The orange and blue of Cincinnati have scored 10 goals in their last three games.


The friendliest rivalry in the USL begins again Saturday. History and form be damned: The Jacks are gonna score.

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(Photo Credit: Elisha Dyck)

On Saturday night in Charleston, the friendly Carolina USL rivalry recommences between the Battery and the Independence. Unlike the contest with Cary’s USL side, Charleston and Charlotte get along in the stands, at the pub, and on the internet, but that doesn’t make this game any less important.

Yet these two teams are trending in different directions. Charlotte is in the midst of a mild goal drought. Charleston, on the other hand, just beat the Rowdies. Yeah, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, the team everyone essentially penciled in as the Eastern Conference winners.

The Independence enter this game after finishing their…


Charlotte and Indy both return to action after 14 days off the pitch, so we went to Soc Takes for some insight on the Eleven side.

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(Photo Credit: Alex Warren)

Charlotte Independence welcome a new face to the Matthews Sportsplex this weekend in former NASL club Indy Eleven.

The Independence come off a bye week and are looking to get back to their winning ways after coming out on the wrong end of the N.C. Derby two weeks ago. Indy Eleven also comes off a bye week, though they defeated Nashville SC two weeks ago.

To get you ready for the match, I spoke with Soc Takes staff writer and Indianapolis resident Aaron Gunyon to learn more about Indy Eleven.


The first-ever USL regular season N.C. Derby between NCFC and the Independence happens Saturday night in Matthews.

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(Photo Credit: Matt Henesy)

Watching Charlotte lose to Nashville SC on Saturday was frustrating, to put it simply. In the team’s first road test they lost 2–0. The team wasn’t necessarily dominated, but they were certainly outplayed.

And yet, North Carolina FC comes into this game riding a three-game losing streak. They currently have zero points, they have a -4 goal differential after just three games, and they sit in 14th in the Eastern Conference.

Typically when these teams meet, North Carolina FC has been the favorite. But Charlotte’s strong start and NCFC’s lackluster beginning of the season has essentially flip-flopped the two teams.


A prolific offense and a stingy defense will collide when Charlotte travels to face Nashville for the first time.

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(Photo Credit: Alex Warren)

Nashville and Charlotte are two very different teams, and they meet on a baseball field in Tennessee on Saturday night. Charlotte excels at scoring goals while Nashville excels at the stopping them.

In three games, Nashville has only allowed two goals. The battle between Charlotte’s potent offense and Nashville’s stingy defense will be a fun one to watch.

In order for Charlotte to gain any points this weekend they’ll need to continue their success of converting the opportunities they’re presented.

Offense vs. defense

Let’s look at how these teams matchup statistically.

Charlotte converts 29 percent of their shots into goals, currently the…


Ageless wonder Jorge Herrera works his magic to help Charlotte Independence draw Atlanta United 2.

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(Photo Credit: Alex Warren)

We thought this would be an entertaining one. It did not disappoint.

The first I-85 Derby between Charlotte Independence and Atlanta United 2 ended in a 2–2 draw after a back-and-forth game that honestly felt like an off night for Charlotte.

While the team played borderline poorly, there were still a few positives. The biggest positive I’ll take from this game is this: In years past when Charlotte played this poorly, the team would have ended the night with zero points.

This game saw Charlotte do something it hadn’t had to do this year: come back from a goal…


A roughly four-hour drive separates these two USL teams: A new rivalry is sure to be born Saturday night.

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(Photo Credit: Matt Henesy)

On paper, Saturday night’s game at the Plex will be the Independence’s toughest test of the season thus far. Atlanta United’s “2” team visits Charlotte for the first time and has entered their inaugural USL season with fairly lofty expectations: Many have penciled them in as a team that will be full of talent based on their parent club’s strong MLS foundation.

And last weekend, in front of over 5,000 fans, they won their opener over the Baby Bulls of NYRBII, 3–1.

Ben Goshorn

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