MLS announces name and badge of new Charlotte expansion franchise
Charlotte FC will enter Major League Soccer in 2022. Credit: Charlotte FC/Major League Soccer

MLS formally revealed the name and crest of their new expansion club. The club will be known as Charlotte FC in their 2022 inaugural season and will be playing their games at the Bank Of America Stadium, home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. 

Charlotte FC was one of eight options with others including Charlotte Monarchs, Charlotte Athletic, and Charlotte Crown. 

The Badge

The club’s badge features a white crown on a blue, circular background with a black ring including the club’s name and ‘minted 2022’ finishing the look.

The round shape is, according to the designers, a nod to the city’s coinmaking history, as is the term ‘minted’ rather than ‘established’ or any similar language. 

The crown refers to the roots of the city’s founding back in 1768. Charlotte is named in honor of Queen Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of Britain’s King George III at the time. The four points refer to the four wards which make up the city’s downtown area, the third of which houses the club’s home stadium.

Bringing MLS to Charlotte

Following the announcement, Commissioner Don Garber tweeted: “Terrific name and look for @MLS’ club in the dynamic city of Charlotte. I love everything it represents. Soccer has always been part of the fabric of this community. Congratulations on making it official, #CharlotteFC!”