Results are important in football but sometimes the process is just as critical. And with a new club you certainly want to win every game but that process and the development of a team is important. For the Charlotte Independence, there were some good things and some bad things about their first match, and although the match ended in a 3-2 loss to Charleston Battery, there were some signs of hope going forward.
The first half was a poor display from Charlotte as they struggled to get any defensive consistency and were punished by three goals in the first half. The second half was significantly better for Charlotte as they pulled one back in the 47th minute with a PK goal by former Chivas USA man Ryan Finley. Alas it was not enough as Charlotte was unable to find an equalizer.
My thoughts about this match:
Colorado Rapids players: Both John Berner and Charles Eloundou started for the Independence and had varying degrees of success. Berner looked to be at fault on the first Charleston goal as he appeared to have a bit of hesitation coming out. He did make a few decent saves, but should have done better on some of his decision making and clearances. Eloundou was very active all night and make himself a nuisance running up and down the pitch. He is definitely raw, and time in Charlotte should help him round out his game. Caleb Calvert also made his debut coming on the 67th minute.
The Independence defense is a work in progress: There was no doubt that the defense did not have its best game. Giving up three goals in a half is never good and this is going to be a problem area for the club. On all of the Charleston goals, Charlotte could have done better, but I know this is a brand new team still finding its way. They will get better, but it will take some time.
Charlotte have some firepower: I was impressed with the offense of the Independence as they were able to create chances and will score more than their fair share this year. If not for some very good goalkeeping by Charleston, this would have been a different match.
So the first match is in the books and the Independence are back in action next Friday at 5PM MDT on the road against the Wilmington Hammerheads.