North Carolina Fusion U23

North Carolina Fusion U-23, formerly known as Carolina Dynamo, is an American soccer team based in Greensboro, North Carolina, United States. Founded in 1993, the team plays in USL League Two, the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.

North Carolina Fusion U-23
Full nameNorth Carolina Fusion U-23
Nickname(s)NC Fusion
Founded1993 (1993)
StadiumMacpherson Stadium
Browns Summit, North Carolina
Capacity7,000
OwnerNCFusion
Head CoachChris Williams
LeagueUSL League Two
20191st, South Atlantic Division
Playoffs: Conference Semifinals
WebsiteClub website

The team plays its home games at Macpherson Stadium in nearby Browns Summit, North Carolina, where they have played since 2003. The team's colors are white and red.

The team has a sister organization, the U23 NCFusion Women, who play in the women's USL W-League, and also fields a team in the USL's Super-20 League, a league for players 17 to 20 years of age run under the United Soccer Leagues umbrella.

History

The team, which was named Greensboro Dynamo until 1996, is owned by Neil Macpherson, a passionate follower and former shareholder of English club Nottingham Forest, as can be seen from the similarities between the two clubs' badges.[1]

Rebrand as North Carolina Fusion U-23

Players

Roster

Year-by-year

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
1993 N/A USISL 1st, Atlantic Champions Did not enter
1993/94 N/A USISL Indoor 3rd, Northern withdrew after 3 games N/A
1994 3 USISL 1st, Atlantic Champions Did not enter
1995 3 USISL Pro League 6th, Atlantic Did not qualify Did not qualify
1996 2 USISL Select League 1st, South Atlantic 2nd Round Quarterfinals
1997 2 USISL A-League 2nd, Atlantic Final Did not qualify
1998 On Hiatus
1999 3 USL D3-Pro League 3rd, Atlantic Conference Semifinals 3rd Round
2000 3 USL D3-Pro League 4th, Southern Conference Semifinals Did not qualify
2001 3 USL D3-Pro League 2nd, Southern Conference Semifinals 2nd Round
2002 3 USL D3-Pro League 3rd, Southern Quarterfinals 1st Round
2003 3 USL PSL 1st, Southern Regional Finals 3rd Round
2004 4 USL PDL 1st, Mid Atlantic National Semifinals 3rd Round
2005 4 USL PDL 2nd, Mid Atlantic Did not qualify Did not qualify
2006 4 USL PDL 1st, South Atlantic Conference Semifinals 4th Round
2007 4 USL PDL 1st, Southeast Conference Finals Did not qualify
2008 4 USL PDL 6th, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2009 4 USL PDL 2nd, Mid Atlantic Divisional Semifinals Did not qualify
2010 4 USL PDL 4th, Mid Atlantic Did not qualify Did not qualify
2011 4 USL PDL 1st, South Atlantic Conference Semifinals 1st Round
2012 4 USL PDL 1st, South Atlantic Finals 1st Round
2013 4 USL PDL 1st, South Atlantic Conference Semifinals 2nd Round
2014 4 USL PDL 4th, South Atlantic Did not qualify 2nd Round
2015 4 USL PDL 4th, South Atlantic Did not qualify Did not qualify
2016 4 USL PDL 2nd, South Atlantic Conference Semifinals Did not qualify
2017 4 USL PDL 10th, South Atlantic Did not qualify 2nd Round
2018 4 USL PDL 6th, South Atlantic Did not qualify Did not qualify
2019 4 USL League Two 1st, South Atlantic Conference Semifinals Did not qualify

Honors

USL Premier Development League

  • Regular Season Champions (1): 2006
  • Eastern Conference Champions (1): 2004
  • Division Champions (7)
    • Mid Atlantic Division (1): 2004
    • South Atlantic Division (5): 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2019
    • Southeast Division (1): 2007

Others

  • USISL Champions (2): 1993, 1994
  • USISL Atlantic Division Champions (2): 1993, 1994
  • USISL Select League South Atlantic Division Champions (1): 1996
  • USL Pro Select/Soccer League Southern Division Champions (1): 2003
  • National Amateur Cup (1): 2013

Head coaches

  • Michael Parker (1993–1995)
  • Alan Dicks (1996–1997)
  • Joe Brown (1999–2000)
  • Robert Rosario (2001)
  • Joe Brown (2002–2003)
  • Carl Fleming (2004)
  • Joe Brown (2005–2010)
  • Marc Nicholls[2] (2011–2015)
  • Tony Falvino[3] (2016–2018)

Stadia

Average attendance

Attendance stats are calculated by averaging each team's self-reported home attendances from the historical match archive at https://web.archive.org/web/20100105175057/http://www.uslsoccer.com/history/index_E.html.

  • 1997: 2,605 (10th in A-League)
  • 2005: 957 (4th in PDL)
  • 2006: 1,460 (3rd in PDL)
  • 2007: 2,168 (3rd in PDL)
  • 2008: 948
  • 2009: 863
  • 2010: 1,676 (4th in PDL)

See also

References

  1. Ashdown, John (December 13, 2013). "The Joy of Six: weird and wonderful football club crests". theguardian.com. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  2. "Dynamo Name Nicholls New Coach". pdl.uslsoccer.com. February 7, 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17.
  3. "Former Player Becomes First Alum To Lead Club". Premier Development League (PDL). March 4, 2016.
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