There was some good news out there in the soccer world (non FIFA related of course) as both the Charlotte Independence and the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC won their third round match-ups last night to book dates with Major League Soccer Clubs.
Charlotte Independence at Carolina RailHawks
Our affiliate in Charlotte secured their fourth round matchup against New England Revolution with a 1-0 victory over the NASL side from Cary, North Carolina. The Independence took the lead late in the second half off a Ryan Finley goal which was all that was needed for Charlotte. One concern: John Berner left the game in the first half with an injury making this the second time this season he has left a match early. Charlotte takes on the Revs on June 17 at Soldiers Field on the campus of Harvard University in Boston.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at Real Monarchs
In a battle of two USL sides, our neighbors to the south were able to ride a fifth minute Aaron King goal and then hold on for the 1-0 victory in Sandy, Utah. This victory sets up the first meeting between the Switchbacks at our very own Colorado Rapids on June 16 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Call it the Colorado Derby, the Centennial Derby or the I-25 derby. Regardless, it is going to be a hell of a lot of fun.