The Charlotte Independence hit the road for the first time in the 2018 USL season and came away with a 2-0 loss to Nashville SC. It was a tough match to lose. The performance by the Jacks was not as bad as the scoreline may indicate, but nevertheless, they are winless in two now.
It was not much better for Phoenix Rising FC, as they dropped a home match to Real Monarchs SLC 1-0 for their first defeat of the year.
Here is how things went for the Burgundy Boys on Loan:
Nashville SC 2, Charlotte Independence 0
As mentioned above, Charlotte took to the road for the first time in 2018 and met a determined and passionate Nashville squad. A 2-0 loss would indicate that things were ugly for the Jacks, but possession and shots were close to even and the Jacks limited Nashville to just four shots inside the box. They were a bit unlucky to not grab a goal, but overall the performance was not terrible.
The worrying sign is that Charlotte is/was at home for four of their first five so far this season and grabbing points on the road will be crucial for them as they look to return to the playoffs.
Andrew Dykstra started in goal for Charlotte and made two saves on four Nashville shots.
Caleb Calvert started up top in a 4-2-3-1 formation and played the full 90 minutes and registered two shots.
Sam Vines started at left back in the 4-2-3-1 and played 80 minutes and was substituted in favor of Jake Areman as the Jacks were chasing a goal. Vines had 61 total touches and his passing accuracy was 86%
Ricardo Perez was another late-game substitute and came on in the 86th minute. He had six total touches for his 4+ minutes on the pitch.
Phoenix Rising FC 2, LA Galaxy II 0
After dropping a tough one at home to Real Monarchs SLC, it could be expected that Phoenix would struggle on the road on a short week. However, a Didier Drogba 64th-minute goal was all that Rising needed to notch their third win of the season on Wednesday. With the victory, Rising brings their record to 3-1-1 (10 points) and is up to third in the Western Conference table.
Mike da Fonte got another 90 minutes for Phoenix and started as a center back in a 4-3-3 formation. Da Fonte had 50 total touches in his 90 minutes with an 86% passing accuracy rating. He also picked up a yellow card in second-half stoppage time, which was his first of the season.
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Charlotte Independence (2-1-1, 7 Points) vs North Carolina FC (0-3-0, 0 Points)
Location: Sportsplex at Matthews—Matthews, NC—Kickoff at 5:00 PM MDT
What to Watch For: This is a derby game. And make no mistake, this one matters to both clubs. For Charlotte, it is pretty clear: win this game and forget last weeks effort. and if you are an NCFC supporter, getting a victory—or any result for that matter—would be huge as you don’t want to fall further behind the eighth and final playoff spot.
How to Watch: All USL games are streamed via YouTube and this match can be found here.