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Game Day Hub: NYCFC vs Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium

MLS is back, baby! Here's everything you need to know about NYCFC vs Charlotte FC in the season opener.

A crowd of 50,000 is expected for the 2024 season opener | Courtesy Charlotte FC

Welcome to Matchday 1 for New York City FC, which has the Boys in Blue down in North Carolina looking for their first win ever against Charlotte FC. 

You read that right: NYCFC have yet to notch a single win against Charlotte.

History could be made today.

Game Day Essentials
• Matchday 1: Charlotte FC vs NYCFC
• Date and Time: Saturday, February 24, 7:30 pm ET
• Venue: Bank of America Stadium
• Forecast: Brisk, cool, falling temperatures, 43F/6C
• Watch: MLS Season Pass on Apple TV 
• Apple Broadcast Team: Neil Sika, Lloyd Sam
• Listen: English and Spanish broadcasts on NYCFC Radio
• Officiating Crew: Replacement Referees TBD (due to the ongoing labor strife between the Professional Soccer Referees Association, MLS, and PRO)

NYCFC vs Charlotte H2H

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Charlotte are unbeaten all-time vs. New York City, with three wins and one draw — and that draw came in the most recent match-up, a 1-1 at Citi Field on July 5, 2023. 


  • Player Availability: Maxi Moralez is the only injury absence. Head coach Nick Cushing said Jovan Mijatović’s availability is pending a visa-related issue being resolved, but Agustín Ojeda should be available.
  • Who will make the Starting XI? Cushing has plenty of options on the wings and in the midfield. Will Hannes Wolf get the nod over Talles Magno? Will Julián Fernández start, or come off the bench? 

Charlotte FC

  • Player Availability: Ben Bender, Brandt Bronico, and Brandon Cambridge are expected to be out. 
  • Charlotte sold Kamil Jozwiak and Karol Swiderski, but recently added former Orlando City player Junior Urso.
  • New Charlotte manager Dean Smith has an impressive resume: He managed Leicester, and Norwich before that. He was the manager of Aston Villa when they were promoted to the English Premier League in 2019.
  • The upper bowl of Bank of America Stadium will be open, and Charlotte is expecting a crowd of at least 50,000 to be in attendance.
  • Want more Charlotte intel? Daniel Bramlette of the Charlotte Soccer Show lays it all out in Oppo Research: 5 Things about Charlotte FC.