Carolina Core FC Soccer Announces Roy Lassiter as Head Coach, Bringing Unmatched Expertise and Experience to the Club

Carolina Core FC Announces Roy Lassiter as Head Coach, Bringing Unmatched Expertise and Experience to the Club

High Point, NC – Carolina Core FC (CCFC), the newest independent club
edition to MLS NEXT Pro, is thrilled to announce the appointment of Roy Lassiter as the Head
Coach ahead of the 2024 inaugural season. A North Carolina native, Lassiter’s homecoming
and extensive soccer background make him an exceptional fit for the role. With an illustrious
career as a former MLS player and a deep understanding of the game, Lassiter’s arrival marks
a significant milestone for the club as they strive for excellence on and off the field.

Hailing from North Carolina, Lassiter has a strong connection to the local community and
brings a wealth of experience to his new role. He is a proud alum of NC State University,
where he honed his skills and developed his passion for the beautiful game. Lassiter’s
journey from his roots in North Carolina to becoming a standout player in Major League
Soccer (MLS) has captured the hearts of soccer enthusiasts across the state.

Eddie Pope, Chief Sporting Officer at Carolina Core FC, expressed his enthusiasm for
Lassiter’s appointment, stating, “We are excited to appoint Roy as CCFC’s first Head Coach.
As a former teammate, I have always been impressed with his intelligence, work ethic, and
drive to succeed. His outstanding on-field achievements coupled with an innovative coaching
style make him the perfect fit for CCFC. As Roy and I share North Carolina roots, I look
forward to welcoming him and his family home as we move forward in developing the longterm vision of the club.”

In addition to Pope’s endorsement, Carolina Core FC’s decision to appoint Lassiter was
further reinforced by the team’s Head Scout, Andy Williams. Williams expressed his
confidence in Lassiter’s abilities, stating, “Having played alongside Roy and witnessed his
dedication, discipline, and exceptional skills firsthand, I am certain that he will make a
remarkable impact as our Head Coach. Roy’s deep understanding of the game and his ability
to identify talent, will strengthen our roster and set us on a path to success.”

As a prolific forward, Lassiter played a pivotal role in the early years of MLS, leaving an
indelible mark on the league’s history. His impressive record of accomplishments includes
holding the MLS single-season scoring record with 27 goals until it was recently broken in
2018. Lassiter’s impact extends beyond club soccer as he enjoyed a successful career with
the US Men’s National Team, representing his country for a remarkable eight years. As a
testament to his exceptional talent, Lassiter was selected as a three-time MLS All-Star and
won the MLS Cup Championship in 1999 with D.C. United. His achievements also brought him
close to representing the United States in the FIFA World Cup as he was selected as an
alternate member of the 1998 World Cup team in France. This recognition speaks to his
consistent excellence and prominence within Major League Soccer. In recognition of all his
significant contributions, Lassiter was inducted into the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame in
2011. This honor further solidifies his esteemed reputation within the North Carolina soccer

Roy Lassiter’s influence on the sport extends to his family as well. His son, Ariel Lassiter, is
currently playing for CF Montréal and is now in his eighth year in Major League Soccer. This
family connection reflects the Lassiter legacy in American soccer and underscores their
deep-rooted passion for the game.

Prior to joining Carolina Core FC, Lassiter had an impressive coaching career – spanning over
22 years. His commitment to youth development and passion for shaping young talents has
been widely recognized and admired throughout the soccer community. His extensive
background includes:

Director of Coaching and Methodology of Coastal Premier Alliance FC
Head Coach of the Houston Dynamo U-20 team
record of 8(W)-1(T)-1(L) in 2022
record of 7(W)-2(T)-0(L) in 2023
lost only one game in the two seasons as Head Coach
Assistant Coach Houston Dynamo 2
Interim Assistant Coach for Houston Dynamo First Team
coached the final five games of 2022
record of 2(W)-0(T)-2(L)
Assistant Coach of U-20 Men’s Youth National Team Appearance
USSF “A” and USSF “A” Senior Licensure, showcasing his dedication to professional

Former colleagues of Lassiter from Houston Dynamo gave Carolina Core FC great feedback
on his appointment to Head Coach, stating, “This is a great opportunity for Roy and we are
proud of him for taking the next step in his career as the inaugural Head Coach of the Carolina
Core FC in MLS NEXT Pro. Roy contributed to multiple teams in our club, including our UPSL
team, MLS NEXT Pro team, and first team. We aim to be a club that develops players, coaches,
and staff to advance their careers and reach their ultimate goals. Roy is another example of a
motivated individual making the most of his opportunities in Houston,” said Dynamo General
Manager, Pat Onstad. An additional endorsement from the Head Coach of Houston Dynamo 2,
Kenny Bundy, states, “I’m extremely excited for Roy to lead Carolina Core FC into their
inaugural season. Roy’s playing and coaching background speaks for itself. Having spent the
last two years coaching with Roy, what stands out is the type of person he is and what he
brings to any organization he is with.”

With a wealth of experience and a proven track record in coaching and youth development,
Lassiter is poised to lead Carolina Core FC and nurture a new generation of talented players.
His appointment as Head Coach marks an exciting chapter for the club as they embark on
their journey to success in the inaugural season next year.

Megan Oglesby, Principal Investor of Carolina Core FC, is delighted to welcome Roy Lassiter
as the new Head Coach. “Roy’s appointment is not only a significant milestone for our club as
we bring top-tier soccer to the NC Core, but also a milestone for him as a professional. CCFC
is dedicated to the development and career advancement of every individual that comes to
and through our club, not just our players. Roy has an impressive track record and we are
excited to launch our team under his leadership,” expressed Oglesby.

Carolina Core FC is eagerly anticipating the upcoming season under the leadership of Roy
Lassiter. With his appointment, the club is confident in its commitment to providing a
compelling brand of professional soccer to fans around the CORE and building a strong
foundation for long-term success.

CCFC Updates
In exciting business updates, Carolina Core FC has achieved a significant milestone by selling
out 50% of the reserved seating capacity for the inaugural season. This tremendous support
from fans showcases the immense enthusiasm and anticipation surrounding the team’s

Fans interested in purchasing season tickets can do so by visiting

To further enhance the club’s identity, Carolina Core FC has enlisted the expertise of Matthew
Wolff Design, a renowned professional sports design agency, to create a captivating and
distinctive brand identity. Check out his work at The new
branding set to launch this fall will be unveiled at a special fan-centric event where
supporters will have the opportunity to be a part of the exciting reveal party. This event will
provide fans with an exclusive look at the new logo, as well as an opportunity to engage with
the club and celebrate the new era of Carolina Core FC. Merchandise featuring the new logo
and branding will be made available to fans, allowing them to proudly display their support
for CCFCC as they await the upcoming season.

As sections of the stadium continue to sell out, Carolina Core FC is thrilled to offer fans the
opportunity to secure their seats at affordable prices with monthly payment plans available.
To reward their founding fans and loyal supporters, each season seat purchase will include a
free adidas game jersey, allowing fans to proudly display their team colors and support
Carolina Core FC in style.

Carolina Core FC is thrilled to bring professional soccer to the Core of North Carolina and is
looking forward to a successful inaugural season in 2024. Don’t miss the action; join us as we
make history and become a part of the Carolina Core FC family today!

About Us
About Carolina Core FC
Founded in 2022, Carolina Core FC is an independent professional men’s soccer club that will begin
play in MLS NEXT Pro in 2024. The club’s local owners are dedicated to community development
through its on-field and off-field activities. Carolina Core FC has diligently worked behind the scenes
to build together its experienced executive staff, including former U.S. Men’s National Team and MLS
legend Eddie Pope as the Chief Sporting Officer. #CCFC will play its home matches in High Point, N.C.
at Truist Point, the $38 million stadium located in the revitalized downtown social district. Supporters
can join the club by securing a season seat deposit and ordering limited-edition Carolina Core FC
merchandise at

About MLS NEXT Pro
Launched in 2022 by Major League Soccer, MLS NEXT Pro is a professional men’s soccer
league in the United States and Canada that completes the pro player pathway. MLS NEXT
Pro continues to grow the game through innovation and diversity, bringing professional
soccer to new communities and creating global opportunities both on and off the field. MLS
NEXT Pro enters its second season in 2023 with 27 teams, all affiliated with MLS clubs. Seven
are new to MLS NEXT Pro in 2023: Atlanta United 2, Austin FC II, Crown Legacy FC (Charlotte
FC), Huntsville City FC (Nashville SC), LA Galaxy II, Los Angeles Football Club 2 and New York
Red Bulls II. Additional MLS-affiliated and independent clubs will join in the years ahead,
including Carolina Core FC in 2024 and Cleveland in 2025. The majority of MLS NEXT Pro
matches in 2023 will be available to watch live and on-demand on MLS Season Pass on the
Apple TV app as part of the groundbreaking partnership between Apple and MLS. For more
information about MLS NEXT Pro, visit