Like Ludacris, the Courage is back for the first time.
On Monday NCFC owner Steve Malik, flanked by newly inaugurated Governor Roy Cooper, National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) commissioner Jeff Plush, and NCFC President/GM Curt Johnson, announced the acquisition of the Western New York Flash. The club will be renamed the North Carolina Courage and will play in WakeMed Soccer Park for the 2017 NWSL season.
The name is an obvious reference to the women’s professional soccer team that played in the Triangle from 2000-2003. Malik even acknowledged that the logo is an updated version of the old crest, except with “less mane” and the colors and logo of NCFC :
— Henry Gargan (@hgargan) January 9, 2017
The Courage, if you did not already know, won last year’s NWSL Championship and boasts a number of current internationals on their roster. I would also suspect that Malik will be targeting a marquee player to go along with 2016 MVP Lynn Williams.
We all knew that this news was coming since it leaked last Friday, but we here at RCS are very excited about a NWSL team coming to the Triangle – especially one that has a winning pedigree. Malik seems to be the real deal and his demand of quality (“We’re going to have the world’s best pro-franchise for women. On the field, in the stands and in the community”) is absolutely refreshing. We will certainly be there for the home opener in April.
Cover Photo Courtesy of North Carolina Courage (www.nccourage.com)