Tag: Charlotte Independence

GAME 23 QUICK RECAP: REALLY?

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It was one of those games. A game where both teams played exactly like you would expect from their position in the standings, and yet the better team couldn’t figure it out to get three points. These are the type of matches that, usually being in Charlotte’s position, we reveled in during prior seasons. Nothing better than stealing points from a top team. This year though we find ourselves on the other side of the coin and it just plain stinks. It’s incredibly frustrating to see the guys play so well through the midfield only to stumble in the opposing 18. It goes without saying watching this while up a man for nearly half the game makes it worse. And so many corners! What do we need to sacrifice to score on a corner?! Ugh. On the bright side the defense continues…



Game 16 Recap: 4th of July Dud

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I’ve lost track of how many times I come out of a game thinking “well they played alright, it just wasn’t their night.” It’s getting tiring to say the least. Maybe the guys had too many hot dogs earlier in the day, or maybe Charlotte just has our number- we’re 0-5-2 against them over the last three seasons. Whatever it was, Tuesday night sure didn’t go according to plan.

While the roster may have been different, the Hounds played similar to how they did against Tampa nearly two weeks before. This time though the offense couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net to save their lives (save for Walsh’s pity goal in the 92nd minute). It wasn’t for lack of chances either. Hertzog and Parkes had several great shots. They just either couldn’t find the corner of the net…



Know Your Enemy Reloaded: Charlotte Independence (6-3-4, 5th in East)

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The Hounds try to make it two wins in a row at home as they set to host the Charlotte Independence for the traditional 4th of July match at Highmark. It is the lone match on the USL schedule so all eyes in the league will be on Pittsburgh.

Charlotte will be coming in hot as well, winning three matches in a row vaulting them to 5th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 6-3-4. The three wins have come against Rochester, Richmond and Harrisburg, two of them at home.  The win at home to Rochester did come just last night on July 1st so hopefully there will be some tired legs in the heat and humidity on Tuesday night.

This will be the second meeting of the two teams this season, the first being a 1-1 draw in Charlotte early in April,…



Game 5 Recap: Get Those Road Points

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Road points are never bad points. That’s probably the main take away from this match. After an exciting opening ten minutes the following 80 were a little ho-hum. Charlotte dominated the possession stat (70/30) thanks to some particularly defensive play by the Hounds, especially in the second half. Part of that is playing the counter attack. You’re going to sit back more and wait for the other team to come to you. Part of it was undoubtedly tired legs. We’ve seen the Hounds struggle to keep up energy late into the game. Playing their third match in eight days put lead weights in their boots from the get go. Fortunately even with all their possession Charlotte wasn’t able to do anything with it thanks to a strong performance by the Hounds D. It’s a little too early to tell if that was…