Asheville City SC withdraws from USL League Two for the 2020 season

Asheville City SC, one of the country's best supported amateur teams, has withdrawn from USL League Two for the 2020 season in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Asheville City SC was one of several well-established NPSL clubs to make plans to move to the USL League Two in 2020.

Asheville City SC was third among all NPSL teams in attendance in 2018 with an average of 1,733 fans a game, according to Kenn.com, behind only Detroit City FC (5,584) and Chattanooga FC (3,353), which will move to NISA after finishing up in the NPSL Members' Cup.

Asheville City SC plans to return in 2021.

Asheville City SC statement:

Thank you for your patience as we have worked to understand the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. In these unprecedented times, we are called to stay true to our values, and you – our community – are at the center of it all. Ultimately, it is clear that to stay true to our values and to act in the best interest of everyone involved at the club, including players, staff, supporters and sponsors alike, we must withdraw from the 2020 season.

There is nothing that we love more than maxing out Memorial Stadium with all of you. That vibrant sense of community in the form of blue smoke and drums is a reflection of the best that our city has to offer, and we will miss it. Our community is strong, and together, we can overcome anything – even a global pandemic. It will require a complete and selfless commitment from each of us, and we must look after one another, even as we are forced to maintain a social distance as an act of community. As painful as this decision has been, we feel strongly that this is the right decision. Our preparation for 2021 begins now. We will return stronger than ever.

For each season ticket holder who is willing to maintain their season tickets for 2021, we will make a $10 contribution to MANNA FoodBank to help those most affected by this crisis. We will be in touch with each of you directly.

Stay tuned on social media to stay connected to us, and to each other.

We love you, Blues. Take care. We will see you again soon.
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