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Carolina Dynamo
10+ Club - Inaugural Class of 2002

(Greensboro Dynamo)

The Dynamo joined the USL system in 1993 as the Greensboro Dynamo, playing their home games at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. The club’s owner, Neil Macpherson is a shareholder in England’s Nottingham Forest Club, while his father was a past chairman of the team. Due to the interest of his family, the Dynamo’s logo resembles Nottingham Forest’s. The team actually began as an amateur club in 1992 and was a southeast regional finalist in that year’s Open Cup tournament. Greensboro’s debut in USL was made memorable as the team won league titles in each of its first two seasons, becoming just the second outdoor team to win back-to-back league titles. The team moved up to the Pro League (Third Division) in 1995, where it missed the postseason for the first time despite a winning record. In 1996, the club changed to a more regional focus and changed its name to Carolina, entered the Select League (Third Division) and posted a 15-3 record. The Dynamo upset the A-League’s New York Fever, 1-0, in the Second Round of the U.S. Open Cup before falling to DC United in the Quarterfinals. The following year, the club moved up again to the newly-added A-League and saw immediate success, reaching the A-League final, where it fell to the Milwaukee Rampage 2-1 via a shootout. The Dynamo took 1998 to focus on the construction of a new stadium and returned as a member of the D3 Pro League in 1999. In their first year back the Dynamo upset the A-League’s Orange County Zodiac 2-0 in the Second Round of the U.S. Open Cup before falling to the Columbus Crew in the Third Round. The club’s new Macpherson Stadium, named in honor of Macpherson’s father, was unveiled in 2002.

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