Charlotte FC on 3-game losing streak after falling 2-0 to FC Cincinnati

CHARLOTTE — Charlotte FC fell 2-0 to FC Cincinnati in an unofficial battle of the Queen Cities Saturday night.

Charlotte beat Cincinnati 2-0 in their matchup back in March and was looking to break a two-game losing streak, with their last win coming on Aug. 17.

Roman Celentano stopped the two shots he faced while Nick Hagglund scored as Cincinnati earned a 2-0 victory Saturday over Charlotte FC.

Hagglund put Cincinnati (9-8-11) ahead for good at 1-0 in the 38th minute. Luciano Acosta had an assist on the goal and then scored the second one for Cincinnati.

Cincinnati also got one goal from Acosta.

Charlotte (10-17-2) outshot Cincinnati 12-9, with two shots on goal to four for Cincinnati.

Celentano saved both of the shots he faced for Cincinnati. Kristijan Kahlina saved two of the four shots he faced for Charlotte.

Both teams play New York City FC next, Cincinnati on Wednesday on the road and Charlotte at home on Saturday.

The game kicked off at 7:30 p.m.

With the playoffs closing in, both teams were chasing the final playoff spot that Inter Miami CF currently holds. Charlotte has 32 points in 12th place, while Cincinnati sits in 8th with 35 points.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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