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SOCCER: OCT 21 MLS - Charlotte FC vs Inter Miami CF

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When Charlotte FC acquired Enzo Copetti from the Argentine Primera División squad Racing Club, many thought that the team had found their primary striker. Instead, his first season with the Crown left more questions than answers, after he played in 27 matches and scored just six goals.

The lack of production led to questions about whether or not he would transfer in the next window, but one of the things new manager Dean Smith made sure he did this offseason was to put those rumors to rest. “We can put that to bed straight away. He is a Charlotte FC player and will stay that way this season,” Smith stated a couple of weeks ago. “We’re not looking to offload him. He’s an integral part of the squad.”

Keeping Copetti is made more important than it originally was by the transfers of fellow designated players Karol Świderski and Kamil Jóźwiak in the first transfer window of the year, leaving the second-year Argentine as the only player of that type on the roster. With both Świderski and Jóźwiak gone, the Crown will need to rely on him heavily as a goal scorer and will also need him to be a leadership presence in the locker room for a squad that will be pretty young heading into the season.

So the question is, can this be the breakout season for Copetti in the MLS that many thought last year would be? Charlotte FC radio voice Will Palaszczuk joined the Mac & Bone Show on Wednesday and made his case for why he thinks that will be the case. “I ​think ​he’s ​primed ​for ​a ​breakout ​season. I ​feel ​like ​this ​style ​of ​play ​suits ​Enzo ​incredibly ​well. ​I ​think ​you’re ​seeing ​a ​renewed ​attitude ​out ​of ​him. ​I ​think ​you’re ​seeing ​that ​he’s ​taken ​to ​the ​new ​coaching ​staff. ​He ​really ​wants ​to ​be ​here ​and ​they’ve ​really ​tried ​to ​shape ​their ​offense ​around ​him. ​There ​have ​been ​a ​couple ​of ​goals ​that ​he ​scored ​in ​the ​preseason ​that ​I ​don’t ​think ​he ​would ​have ​scored ​last ​year ​because ​just ​didn’t ​get ​that ​kind ​of ​service. ​I ​understand ​that ​a ​lot ​of ​times ​it’s ​come ​against ​questionable ​opposition ​and ​sometimes ​there’s ​teenagers ​on ​the ​field ​in ​preseason ​on ​the ​offensive, but ​I ​do ​feel ​like ​Enzo ​is ​going ​to ​find ​himself ​in ​more ​dangerous ​spaces. ​One ​of ​the ​things ​we ​do ​know ​about ​Enzo ​is ​that ​when ​he ​gets ​the ​ball ​in ​space, ​he ​very ​rarely ​makes ​mistake ​on ​it. ​So ​I ​feel ​like ​this ​could ​be ​a 15-plus-goal season ​for ​Enzo.”

Make sure to check out Palaszczuk’s full comments on Charlotte FC’s upcoming season below and tune in on Saturday night starting at 7:00 PM however you listen to WFNZ to hear him and Jessica Charman with the call of the squad’s first match of the season with NYCFC from Bank of America Stadium.