The Charlotte Independence return to the pitch this Saturday night with a tricky fixture against the Richmond Kickers as they look to end a two game winless streak in USL play. The Kickers are one of the class teams in the Eastern Conference of USL, so it is going to take a solid effort from the Lads to get a result. This is the third meeting for the two clubs this year with the first match on April 18 wen the the way of the Kickers 3-0 and the Independence returned the 3-0 favor on May 8.
For the Independence, the goal is simple: capture an away result.
The Eastern Conference Table
|Louisville City FC||17||10||4||1||5|
|Harrisburg City Islanders||13||8||4||3||1|
|Saint Louis FC||12||9||3||3||3|
|New York Red Bulls II||12||11||3||5||3|
|Toronto FC II||8||9||2||5||2|
|Wilmington Hammerheads FC||6||10||1||6||3|
What To Watch For:
1) John Berner Is The Guy: With word that the Independence transferred Diego Restrepo to the Venezuelan first division, it meant that they were putting their lot in with Colorado Rapids loanee Berner. Berner has had a very good year for Charlotte posting a 2-3-3 record and a 1.69 goals against average. I know that it does not sound all that great, but the Independence defense has been in flux and is finally settling down. Berner has also had a few mistakes that he would want back, but his play has improved over recent weeks. But he really needs to watch this:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Gotta stop going around and head butting people's knees... <a href="https://t.co/3r7LcGgCjJ">https://t.co/3r7LcGgCjJ</a></p>— John Berner (@JohnnyB_12_) <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnnyB_12_/status/603926500241514497">May 28, 2015</a></blockquote>
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2) The Table: The Independence have 20 games left and are five points out of a playoff berth. Nine of the 12 teams in the East have played more games, so they do have games in hand, but it is time for the club to start putting results together if they want to make the playoffs.
3) A Home Is Near: The Independence home pitch, Ramblewood, will be ready to go next weekend and I expect it to be a festive affair. It has been a tough start to not be able to play your home games at your home field, but for the Independence, the wait is almost over.
How To Watch:
Match Date/Time: Sunday, June 7 at 3:00 PM MDT
Venue: City Stadium--Richmond, Virginia
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