North Carolina Courage

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Full nameNorth Carolina Courage
Founded2009 (as Buffalo Flash)
2011 (as Western New York Flash)
2017 (as Courage)
Stadium Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park
Cary, North Carolina
Capacity10,000
Owner Stephen Malik
General Manager Curt Johnson
Head Coach Paul Riley
League National Women's Soccer League
Website Club website
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Active teams of North Carolina FC
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USLC NWSL USL2 Youth

The North Carolina Courage is a professional women's soccer team based in Cary, North Carolina. Its former incarnation, the Western New York Flash, was a founding member of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the top level of women's soccer in the U.S., in 2013. They relocated to North Carolina for 2017. [1] They are affiliated with the men's team North Carolina FC of the United Soccer League, and play their home games at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Cary, North Carolina Place in North Carolina, United States

Cary is the seventh-largest municipality in North Carolina. Cary is predominantly in Wake County, with a small area in Chatham County in the U.S. state of North Carolina and is the county's second-largest municipality, as well as the third-largest municipality in The Triangle of North Carolina after Raleigh and Durham.

Western New York Flash professional soccer club in the United States

The Western New York Flash (WNYF) is an American professional soccer club based in Elma, New York that competes in the United Women's Soccer league. They have won league championships in four different leagues: the USL W-League in 2010, Women's Professional Soccer in 2011, Women's Premier Soccer League Elite in 2012, and the National Women's Soccer League in 2016.

National Womens Soccer League professional soccer league, highest level of womens soccer in the United States

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is a professional women's soccer league, run by the United States Soccer Federation. At the top of the United States league system, it represents the sport's highest level in the United States. The NWSL was established in 2012 as a successor to Women's Professional Soccer (2007–2012), which was itself the successor to Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003). The league began play in 2013 with eight teams, four of which were former members of Women's Professional Soccer. With the addition of two expansion teams in Houston and Orlando and the loss of Boston Breakers, it now has nine teams throughout the United States.

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In 2018 the North Carolina Courage became the first team in NWSL history to win the NWSL Shield and the NWSL Championship in the same season.

History

Team name, crest, and colors

The North Carolina Courage name is a nod to the original Carolina Courage – who won the 2002 Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) Founders Cup – as is the stylized lioness image, which matches the head of the lioness on the WUSA team's badge with very minor alterations. The badge features elements from the flag of North Carolina with both the star and the color scheme, the latter keeping in line with the NCFC brand. The lower right point of the star represents the Research Triangle, a geographical region that includes Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh. The Courage's primary colors include "Atlantic blue", "cardinal red," and "Southern gold." [2]

Carolina Courage

Carolina Courage was a professional soccer team that played in the Women's United Soccer Association. The team played at Fetzer Field on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus in 2001, and then at the soccer-specific SAS Stadium in Cary, North Carolina in 2002 and 2003.

Womens United Soccer Association

The Women's United Soccer Association, often abbreviated to the WUSA, was the world's first women's soccer league in which all the players were paid as professionals. Founded in February 2000, the league began its first season in April 2001 with eight teams in the United States. The league suspended operations on September 15, 2003, shortly after the end of its third season, after making cumulative losses of around US $100 million.

Flag of North Carolina national flag

The flag of the state of North Carolina is defined by law as follows:

That the flag of North Carolina shall consist of a blue union, containing in the center thereof a white star with the letter "N" in gilt on the left and the letter "C" in gilt on the right of said star, the circle containing the same to be one-third the width of the union. The fly of the flag shall consist of two equally proportioned bars; the upper bar to be red, the lower bar to be white; that the length of the bars horizontally shall be equal to the perpendicular length of the union, and the total length of the flag shall be one-third more than its width. That above the star in the center of the union there shall be a gilt scroll in semi-circular form, containing in black letters this inscription "May 20th 1775," and that below the star there shall be a similar scroll containing in black letters the inscription: "April 12th 1776".

Sponsorship

PeriodKit manufacturerSponsor
2017 Flag of the United States.svg Nike BlueCross BlueShield of NC
2018– Continental

Stadium

The North Carolina Courage play their home games at WakeMed Soccer Park, a soccer-specific stadium shared by North Carolina FC, a team in the United Soccer League also owned by Stephen Malik.

Soccer-specific stadium

Soccer-specific stadium is a term used mainly in the United States and Canada to refer to a sports stadium either purpose-built or fundamentally redesigned for soccer and whose primary function is to host soccer matches, as opposed to a multipurpose stadium which is for a variety of sports. A soccer-specific stadium may host other sporting events and concerts, but the design and purpose of a soccer-specific stadium is primarily for soccer. Some facilities have a permanent stage at one end of the stadium used for staging concerts.

North Carolina FC soccer team based in the Research Triangle area

North Carolina Football Club is an American professional soccer team in Cary, North Carolina, a suburb of Raleigh. Founded in 2006, the team plays in the USL Championship, the second tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.

United Soccer League American sports governing body

United Soccer League (USL), formerly known as United Soccer Leagues, is the organizer of several soccer leagues with teams in the United States and Canada. It includes men's and women's leagues, both professional and amateur. Leagues currently organized are the USL Championship, USL League One, USL League Two and the youth Super Y-League. It is directly affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation, the United States Adult Soccer Association and the Canadian Soccer Association. The USL is headquartered in Tampa.

The soccer complex consists of a purpose-built main stadium, two lighted practice fields, and four additional fields. The main stadium and the 2 lighted fields (2 & 3) are all FIFA international regulation size (120 yards x 75 yards). The main stadium seats 10,000 with the expansions of 2012. Field 2 also has 1,000 permanent bleacher seats.

FIFA International governing body of association football

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association is an organization which describes itself as an international governing body of association football, fútsal, beach soccer, and eFootball. FIFA is responsible for the organization of football's major international tournaments, notably the World Cup which commenced in 1930 and the Women's World Cup which commenced in 1991.

The park is on 150 acres (0.61 km2) that the State of North Carolina has leased to Wake County. Money to build the soccer park came from $14.5 million in county-wide hotel room and prepared food and beverage taxes. The Town of Cary assumed responsibility for operations and maintenance in 2004 from Capital Area Soccer League. On January 26, 2006, the Town of Cary council amended its lease to allow it to sublet the property to Triangle Professional Soccer through the year 2011 for the exclusive promotion of professional soccer and lacrosse events at the complex. This deal was extended for the new ownership group through 2014. [3]

On December 6, 2016, along with a name change, North Carolina FC announced plans for a stadium seating 24,000. [4]

Year-by-year

SeasonNWSL Regular SeasonPosition NWSL Playoffs
PWLDGFGAPts
2017 241671382249ShieldRunner-Up
2018 241716531757ShieldChampions
Top Scorer
SeasonPlayerNationGoals
2017 Lynn Williams Flag of the United States.svg United States9
2018 Lynn Williams Flag of the United States.svg United States14

Players

Current squad

As of March 4, 2019. [5]
No.PositionPlayerNation
0 Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland Flag of the United States.svg  United States
4 Midfielder Elizabeth Eddy Flag of the United States.svg  United States
5 Midfielder Samantha Mewis Flag of the United States.svg  United States
6 Defender Abby Erceg (captain)Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
7 Midfielder McCall Zerboni Flag of the United States.svg  United States
8 Midfielder Denise O'Sullivan Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland
9 Forward Lynn Williams Flag of the United States.svg  United States
10 Midfielder Debinha Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
11 Defender Merritt Mathias Flag of the United States.svg  United States
13 Defender Abby Dahlkemper Flag of the United States.svg  United States
14 Forward Jessica McDonald Flag of the United States.svg  United States
15 Defender Jaelene Hinkle Flag of the United States.svg  United States
16 Midfielder Cari Roccaro Flag of the United States.svg  United States
17 Midfielder Heather O'Reilly Flag of the United States.svg  United States
19 Forward Crystal Dunn Flag of the United States.svg  United States
22 Defender Julie King Flag of the United States.svg  United States
23 Forward Kristen Hamilton Flag of the United States.svg  United States
25 Midfielder Meredith Speck Flag of the United States.svg  United States
31 Defender Kaleigh Kurtz Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Defender Ally Haran Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Defender Morgan Reid Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Midfielder Julia Spetsmark Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Midfielder Ryan Williams Flag of the United States.svg  United States

Staff

Executive
OwnerStephen Malik
President
General Manager
Curt Johnson [6]
Coaching Staff
Head coach Flag of England.svg Paul Riley
Assistant coach Flag of the United States.svg Scott Vallow
Assistant coach Flag of the United States.svg Sean Nahas
Assistant coach Flag of England.svg Nathan Thackeray
Assistant coach Flag of the United States.svg Bill Paladino

Honors

Broadcasting

As of 2017, Courage games were streamed exclusively by Go90 for American audiences and via the NWSL website for international viewers. [7] As part of a three-year agreement with A&E Networks, Lifetime broadcasts one NWSL Game of the Week on Saturday afternoons. [8] [9] For the 2017 season, a plan was announced to feature the Courage in national Lifetime NWSL Game of the Week broadcasts on June 3, July 1, August 19, and July 15, 2017. [10]

See also

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