About Us

Fred Matthes
Interim President

Fred Matthes brings three-plus decades’ experience in professional soccer to stabilize the club in the Charlotte, NC, market. He leads a new approach and brand-new executive team to the club.

He is a builder. After working at the World Cup 1994 in Washington, DC, Matthes became part of Major League Soccer (MLS) in D.C. United’s front office as a senior director from the league’s outset in 1995 to 2012 – consistently one of the elite and most decorated organizations in MLS and US Soccer. Matthes also helped steer the debut of women’s club Washington Freedom and later in his career, the Sacramento Republic FC on the West coast.

Matthes has been directly involved with the ticketing sales & operations of almost every other major soccer event staged in the Washington, DC area since 1994, including the World Cup, US World Cup Qualifiers, CONCACAF games, US Open Cup finals, MLS Cups and All-Star games, Women’s World Cups, and international friendlies.

Most recently, Matthes spent two years with the North Carolina Football Club first as a consultant through his own company FM Professional Soccer Consulting, and then full time. While in North Carolina, he worked with Relevent Sports executing the Women’s International Champions Cup in front of the largest attendance in their short history.  He also currently oversees development of the National independent Soccer League’s NISA Nation pro club incubator.

Matthes holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from UCLA where he also was a varsity goalkeeper. He and his wife Stella reside in Herndon, Va.

Rod Underwood
Head Coach

Underwood brings experience to the touchline from almost every facet of the game. He has made his mark as a player, as a coach on all levels, and even in management and scouting. Underwood also has start-up experience starting the Sacramento Republic FC Academy in 2015. His most recent role as technical director and head coach for Montego Bay United FC in Jamaica, while running his Rod Underwood Consulting firm.

As a player Underwood spent time with New Mexico Chiles, Albuquerque Geckos, and South Carolina Shamrocks, in each case as a player-coach. In 1999, he was named assistant coach for Georgia State University. Underwood moved back to the pro ranks in 2007 first team assistant with the Portland Timbers. In 2009, he earned the role of head coach with the Cleveland City Stars. In 2010, he re-joined the Portland Timbers as an assistant coach for the U-16 academy team.

In 2012, Underwood gained international experience managing Mount Aureol in the Sierra Leone National First Division before returning to the US as part of the Sacramento Republic FC management staff as an assistant coach. In 2019, he was appointed the director of club relations for scouting firm iSoccerPath.

New Orleans born and Atlanta raised, Underwood was the first Black student-athlete on the soccer team at Furman University, where he earned Bachelor’s in physical education in 1989 and is working toward a Master’s sports leadership at Concordia university Chicago. He has four children and currently resides in Tacoma, Wash., with his wife Alyssa.