CHARLOTTE — Charlotte FC shut out D.C. United, 3-0, Wednesday night at the Bank of America Stadium. It was a story of redemption.
It was the same exact score Charlotte FC lost by in the two teams’ first-ever MLS match.
The first half was one sided with Charlotte FC having most of the possession and scoring opportunities. However, the first 25 minutes were particularly threatening for the Crown, Charlotte FC reported after the match.
They had some clear-cut chances as early as in the 11th minute when a great cross by Karol Swiderski met Yordy Reyna in the middle of the box who shot just too close to the goalkeeper.
Świderski and Reyna once again combined just two minutes later but this time Świderski was on the end of the cross. The Pole headed the balls towards the back post, creating danger which led to the opening goal of the match with an own goal from D.C. defender Steven Birnbaum.
Winger McKinze Gaines almost got himself a goal off a lovely header and even better save in the 23rd minute. CLTFC could have been up by more goals going into the half but were well in control of the match holding 59% of the possession and outshooting D.C. by eight shots.
An hour into the match, things got stale and the crowd began to quiet down but they had something to cheer for in the 64th minute when CLTFC scored two goals back-to-back. Świderski topped off an excellent performance with a goal for himself while Quinn McNeill scored his first MLS goal three minutes later.
In the end, it was a comfortable win for the Crown that will lift the team’s spirit and confidence.
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