Dave Sarachan: “It’s disappointing because we were moving this team forward and building something special. ” (Photo courtesy of the Rochester Rhinos)

By Michael Lewis

FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

Saying that his ambitions for the club differed from North Carolina FC’s ideas, Dave Sarachan Friday revealed why he decided to the leave the team – because it dropped down a tier in the United Soccer league pecking order.

A former U.S. national team head coach, Sarachan left the USL League One side Thursday. NCFC had played in the USL Championship, the second tier of U.S. professional soccer during Sarachan’s two-year tenure with the team.

“My ambitions for the future of the club differed from the organization’s recent decision,” he said on Twitter Friday. “It’s disappointing because we were moving this team forward and building something special. However, their decision made it clear that it is in my best interest to move on and I have decided to do so.”

He also wrote:

“After finishing with the men’s national team in 2018, I made a commitment to manage North Carolina FC. It was an exciting project to manage a club that was setting the standard in the USL Championship.”

Sarachan, who also was the head coach of the Chicago Fire and was an associate coach with the LA Galaxy and assistant coach with the U.S. national team at the 2002 World Cup, thanked the team’s fans and staff for their help.

“Thank you to the loyal fans and followers, especially the passionate Oak City Supporters, who so warmly welcomed and supported me. My gratitude to my technical staff John Bradford, Nic Platter and Mike McGinty for their tireless efforts. My thanks to our medical team, Shawn Wilson and Dr. Michael Harris and the equipment staff of Greg Moore and Youssef Dahouz. Finally, a thank you to the players who showed up every day with a smile and a burning desire to succeed. We built a great culture together. To continue to play with passion despite the obvious obstacles in 2020 is a tribute to my players and staff and I will be forever be grateful for the relations we have made.”

Sarachan was referring to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the Rochester, N.Y. native North Carolina FC had a 22-18-9 record the past two seasons.

North Carolina FC announced Sarachan’s departure in a two-paragaph statement.