Charlotte FC show ‘resilience’ in first-ever away win
Charlotte FC created another piece of history on Sunday with a first away win in club history.
Naturally, Major League Soccer’s newest franchise has seen plenty of firsts during its expansion season. The first game against DC United, the first game at home against the LA Galaxy, the first goal scored by Adam Armour, the first victory against the New England Revolution in Week 4.
And yet, despite being far more competitive than anyone on the outside predicted, Charlotte still hadn’t managed to win on the road. That was until the Crown pulled away from PNC Stadium’s 2-1 winners over Houston Dynamo thanks to an own goal from Matias Vera and a 74th-minute strike from Andre Shinyashiki.
10th lucky time for Charlotte FC.
“Very important [win]. Very important because it is the first [road win] of our young history, so you create the belief,” interim head coach Christian Lattanzio said after the game. “It creates the belief that we can go and win.”
Despite their unfavorable away record so far, it’s not as if Charlotte got knocked down or dismounted. Five of their seven road defeats so far have been just a single goal clear, while they have not lost by more than three goals in any of them – defeat 3 -0 against DC United was their heaviest but it was also their very first game.
Lattanzio was pleased with how his players stuck together to prove they can cross the line away from Bank of America Stadium.
“They are a group capable of a lot of things and they are a group that is developing well. We will have more of them, I think,” he said. “I am very proud of my team, this team, because it is a team that has shown that it can play and succeed in different ways. When they have to play, they play, and when they have to defend and suffer the for each other, they do that too.”
‘Resilience’ was the keyword used by midfielder Quinn McNeill, who put in a solid performance on his first-ever MLS start.
“There was a lot of resilience from the boys tonight. It’s very hot here and for us to get our first road win here, it took a lot and a strong mentality to get there,” said the 23-year-old player. . “Huge three points for us, and we’re looking to get back there.”
Charlotte FC find comfort at home against Nashville SC next time before a trip to Inter Miami, followed by a glamorous home friendly against English Premier League giants Chelsea.