CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte 49ers men's soccer team was honored Monday night at the Charlotte City Council meeting downtown. At the beginning of the meeting, Mayor Foxx read a proclamation honoring the team's accomplishments last season, before calling head coach Kevin Langan and the players down to the dais to be recognized. Afterwards, the team greeted the council members, including Councilman David Howard, a Charlotte alum, and presented them with a 49ers jersey and tee shirts.
The 49ers enjoyed their most successful season in program history this past year, advancing all the way to the College Cup Final. The Niners, who finished the season 16-5-4, were the first Charlotte team - in any sport - to reach an NCAA Championship. Among the players honored tonight were senior defender Charles Rodriguez, an NSCAA First Team All-America selection, and rookie Giuseppe Gentile, Soccer America's Freshman of the Year.