Charlotte FC used some late-night magic to score a set-piece goal in the 73rd minute to give The Crown a 1-0 victory over LA Galaxy on Saturday.
Karol Świderski poked in a beautiful flick off of an equally brilliant corner-kick service from Justin Meram for the game’s only tally. Świderski’s goal ties Enzo Copetti for the team lead with four, while Justin Meram notched a goal contribution in a fifth straight contest extending his club record by an additional match (two goals & four assists in that span).
The triumph for The Crown also made a little history, as Charlotte FC clinched a win in a second straight road match for the first time in club history. Charlotte FC also equalled its entire road total from last year, improving to 3-3-1 this season compared to 3-12-2 from a season ago.
“It feels great, because to win away, especially in this league is very difficult,” Head Coach Christian Lattanzio said following the contest. “And to win in Atlanta and win in Los Angeles, [and] Los Angeles, they might not be on the best run, but trust me when you see them they have got plenty of quality. They have players that at any minute, the minute you drop the card, they can finish you.”
One of those players Lattanzio spoke of, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, took an early exit in the match after picking up a second yellow card for a foul in the 83rd minute. Hernandez’ first card came for dissent early in the second half, before he left his feet for a challenge on Derrick Jones that sent him to the showers. The sending off of Hernandez catalyzed the home side, however, forcing The Crown to have to survive an onslaught which carried into stoppage time. Charlotte FC goalkeeper Kristijan Kahlina stood tall, however, earning his first clean sheet in MLS play.
Lattanzio said he wants to see more aggression in his side holding leads late in games:
The Crown end the weekend in sixth position in the Eastern Conference table, the highest position they’ve held following a matchday at any point this season. The club also climbed to 10th spot in the Supporter’s Shield standings combining both leagues, the highest position reached in club history.
Charlotte FC will have to survive the road once again during their most congested part of the schedule when they resume play against Philadelphia Union on Wednesday evening. You can hear the coverage on WFNZ 92.7 FM beginning at 7 PM.
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