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Independence look to stretch USL East lead vs. Orlando City
Jacks coming off 1-0 win Wednesday
 
Published Friday, August 18, 2017 1:57 pm
by Ashley Mahoney

It’s a short week for the Charlotte Independence.

The Jacks, who lead the USL East with 43 points (12-4-7), have nine regular season matches remaining. They will play their fourth match in two weeks Saturday against Orlando City B at Matthews Sportsplex. Coming off a 1-0 win against Bethlehem on Wednesday, Charlotte is 1-1-1 during that time.

“It’s been a difficult, long stretch of games,” coach Mike Jeffries said.

Striker Enzo Martinez scored his 13th goal for the Jacks to clinch the win against Bethlehem. His performance thus far has eclipsed that of his team-leading nine goals and five assists from last season. Martinez and striker Jorge Herrera (12 goals) are the only players in franchise history to score hat tricks—both of which came at the Sportsplex, where the Jacks are undefeated.

“Unfortunately with the schedule the way it is, there’s no real ability to prepare for an opponent,” Jeffries said. “It’s just sort of see who can walk and throw them out there.”

Orlando sits eighth in the East with 31 points (7-6-10). On a nine-game unbeaten run, they haven’t lost since June 20 (1-0 vs. Ottawa, who they beat 3-0 on Wednesday). Hadji Barry leads the club with seven goals.

 

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