Soccer in the Triangle
Oct 23, 2017
Curt Johnson, Pres. & GM North Carolina Football
Soccer in the Triangle

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Curt Johnson-President and General Manager of the North Carolina Football Club (North Carolina FC- NASL, Men’s Second Division; North Carolina Courage- NWSL, Women’s First Division)

Johnson, a Raleigh native, played soccer locally with CASL, Ravenscroft School and NC State. As a defender for the Wolfpack, Johnson started 72 games in four years and as a senior captain, helped lead his team to the 1990 ACC Championship and NCAA semifinals. After graduating in 1991, he returned to NC State as a volunteer assistant coach.

Before heading up the RailHawks (now North Carolina FC) in 2011, he was GM with the Richmond Kickers from 1997-1999 and the Kansas City Wizards from 1999-2006, a club he helped guide to a 2000 MLS Cup and Supporters’ Shield as well as a 2004 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Following the Wizards, Johnson returned to the Carolinas where he worked briefly for the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL and US Club Soccer in Charleston, SC.

As president and general manager of the North Carolina FC, he helps lead the state’s most successful professional soccer organization both from a team and business perspective, helping lead the club to two NASL regular season championships and increasing attendance and fan experience.

In December 2016, Johnson led the club in introducing the New State of Soccer, transitioning from the Carolina RailHawks to North Carolina FC. Johnson became the president and General Manager of the North Carolina Courage (NWSL) in January 2017 after the club acquired the 2016 NWSL Champions, the Western New York Flash.

With the North Carolina Football Club, Johnson is active in promoting soccer at all levels on and off the field, with an emphasis on youth soccer partnerships throughout the state. Johnson has helped establish the highly successful Capital Area RailHawks Academy collaboration with CASL. To this effect, he has been instrumental in forming a partnership with CASL and the Triangle Futbol Club Alliance (TFCA) to create North Carolina FC Youth and the largest youth-to-professional club in the country.

Johnson has been inducted into the Ravenscroft School Hall of Fame, Capital Area Soccer League (CASL) Hall of Fame, and the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame.