The Charlotte Independence returned home for the fourth time in five games to take on North Carolina FC in a match that should have and could have been winnable.
But as they say, that’s why you play the game.
The Independence were thoroughly outplayed by NCFC and dropped the match 2-0 in front of a raucous home crowd.
Phoenix Rising FC did not play this weekend.
Here is how the Burgundy Boys on loan did this week:
Charlotte Independence 0:2 North Carolina FC
Rivalry games are always the most hotly contested and you would have thought that the Jacks would have been fired up and ready to go in this one. Despite controlling the bulk of possession in this match, Charlotte dropped their second consecutive 2-0 result and ran their unbeaten run to three games.
In goal, Andrew Dykstra started again and, if we are being honest, did not have his best game. There was not much he could do on the first NCFC goal, but he absolutely should have done better on the second. He made one save on three shots on the evening, and with a two-week break, you have to wonder if he will be replaced by Brandon Miller as the starting keeper.
Caleb Calvert started up front as the lone striker in the 4-2-3-1 and took five shots, but not a single one was on target. He looked off the rest of the night and with the Independence offense disappearing in the last two games, Calvert could see some time on the bench.
Sam Vines did not start the match but came on in the 49th minute as an injury substitute for Henry Kalungi and had an immediate, although forgetful first minute. NCFC took a shot that nailed the post and Vines did not close down on the ball to clear it and it allowed NCFC to score. Is it all his fault? No, but playing in the central defense means he needs to do better on that ball.
Ricardo Perez did not play in this match.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Phoenix Rising FC (3-1-1, 10 Points) vs Swope Park Rangers (3-1-1, 10 Points)
Location: Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex—Tempe, AZ—8:00 PM MDT
What to Watch For: This is an early season match that has the look and feel of a potential playoff match up. Phoenix has looked solid all season with their only set back coming against Real Monarchs and Swope Park made it all the way to USL Cup last season. Colorado Rapids loanee Mike da Fonte has started and played all five Rising games this season
How to Watch: You can find this match at ESPN+ (subscription required)