Carolina Lightnin'

The Carolina Lightnin' was an American soccer club based in Charlotte, North Carolina that was a member of the American Soccer League. The Lightnin' played home matches at American Legion Memorial Stadium. Attendance at home games averaged 6,000 spectators. 20,163 fans attended the September 1981 match against the New York United in which the Lightnin' won the American Soccer League championship by a score of 2–1.

After the ASL folded, the club joined the newly formed United Soccer League as the Charlotte Gold. However, the team folded at the end of the 1984 season. Pro soccer returned to the city in the form of the Charlotte Eagles in 1993.


ASL Champions

  • 1981

ASL Rookie of the Year

ASL First Team All Star


Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup
1981 2 ASL 1st, Freedom Champion Did not enter
1982 2 ASL 4th Semifinals Did not enter
1983 2 ASL 3rd, Eastern Semifinals Did not enter
1984 N/A USL 2nd, Southern Did not qualify Did not enter


Notable playersEdit