The 2016 USL season is is off and running and for the Charlotte Independence it meant a home opener under gray and rainy skies. It was a rough start to the season as they lost a 1-0 decision to Eastern Conference Rivals Louisville City with the LCFC goal coming in second half stoppage time. It was a tough pill to swallow but is their hope for Charlotte?
The #OneClub Report:
1) Missed Opportunities: Boy, Charlotte had their chances in this one. They really did. Colorado Rapids forward Caleb Calvert had a brilliant look in the first half that he should have buried but sent it sky high over the bar.
Sweet goodness that was about as ugly as it gets for Charlotte. A bad, bad miss by Calvert.— Burgundy Wave (@Burgundywave) March 26, 2016
2) Missed Opportunities Part Two: Yes, Calvert had a bad miss but it was not the only one. Charlotte had a penalty kick in the second half that you had to think was going to go in and give the Independence the win. But, it was not to be as it was saved:
We talked in preseason about where goals were going to come from with @CLTIndependence. Never thought Herrera from the spot would be a prob.— Crown Town Soccer (@crowntownsoccer) March 27, 2016
3) But, it's just one game: There is the tendency to overreact after each game (I am as guilty of this as anyone). "Ugh, my team lost they suck!" "WOOHOO we won we are gonna win the cup!" So I am trying to not get to over the moon or get under it after this 1-0 loss, but there were a few takeaways from this that should be talked about:
**Charlotte has a good and resolute defense. I was impressed with their back four and they are not going to give up many goals.
**Their offense is another issue though. In my preview of Charlotte this season my big concern was whether they would be able to score goals. They simply have to figure it out and put the ball in the back of the net. But, it's only one game....not time to freak out just yet.
**Calvert played 90 minutes last night and Emmanuel Appiah made his Independence debut and played 14 minutes. Neither player had a shot on target.
The Independence return to Ramblewood on Saturday at 5:00 PM MDT against Harrisburg City Islanders and the match will be live streamed.