After a 2011 season that saw them one win away from an NCAA title, the Charlotte 49ers men’s soccer team were poised to finish the job in 2012. But it wasn’t to be.
Despite winning the regular season Atlantic 10 title, the Niners couldn’t carry that momentum over to the NCAA tournament, falling to Georgetown 1-0 in the 2nd round. This season, with a strong nucleus of returnees as well as nine incoming players (seven freshmen, two transfers), some fans feel that 2013 will be the year that the Boys in Green go all the way. That journey begins Monday, as preseason activities kick off.
Head coach Kevin Langan is entering his 2nd season after being promoted to the top job following the departure of Jeremy Gunn to Stanford. I was able to sit down with him and get his thoughts on the past season, as well as the season to come, the incoming freshmen, returning players, and his thoughts on the return to a very tough Conference USA–as well as the experience of playing at Transamerica Field and enjoying such a strong home field advantage.
Charlotte begins their season with an exhibition match at Winthrop on August 20, followed by an exhibition against Davidson at home on August 24. The regular season begins August 30 at Denver; the home opener is on September 3 against UNC Greensboro.