Charlotte FC beats Inter Miami; heading to MLS playoffs for first time

CHARLOTTE — A Queen City team is headed to the playoffs.

Thousands of fans packed Bank of America Stadium on Saturday for Charlotte FC’s final game of the regular season where they faced off against Inter Miami and Lionel Messi.

At the stadium, Channel 9′s Jonathan Lowe didn’t hear chants for Messi, but for the home team. At the same time, soccer fans were able to cross seeing Messi play in person off of their bucket lists.

The real prize happened in the 14th minute of the match when Charlotte FC forward Kerwin Vargas scored his first goal of the night and his second against Inter Miami this week.

Vargas’ goal was the only one scored during the match, allowing Charlotte FC to take the match 1-0.

Charlotte also got help from Chicago and Montreal, who both lost, sending Charlotte FC to the playoffs for the first time.

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Jonathan Lowe

Jonathan Lowe, wsoctv.com

Jonathan is a reporter for WSOC-TV.