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Indepdendence falls to North Carolina FC in preseason match
Jacks drop to 1-1 in tuneup games
Published Sunday, February 25, 2018 6:24 pm
by Ashley Mahoney

Matthews—Failing to convert chances cost the Charlotte Independence a preseason result.

The Jacks fell 1-0 to North Carolina F.C. in their inaugural preseason match at the Sportsplex at Matthews. They played three 30-minute segments rather than two 45-minute halves.

“The movement was pretty good,” coach Mike Jeffries said. “As we stretched the game out, we tired a little bit, and weren’t able to close things down as quickly as I would like. We weren’t as crisp moving the ball.”

Over half of Charlotte’s starting lineup consisted of signed players, who saw 60 minutes of action.

“The group that started actually played very well, given it has been a couple weeks,” Jeffries said. “We had some good combinations. We had some good stretches where our defensive shape was pretty solid—maybe had the better of the first stanza, but weren’t able to get the last play right unfortunately. The last 15 minutes of the second period wasn’t as crisp and sharp as I would have liked, and ends up leading to the goal, which is us not being quick enough coming out of the back, and then just getting countered. It’s a good lesson from that.”

Jeffries noted the importance of using these preseason contests to establish who among the trialists could fit into their possession oriented system.

“The trialists at the end of the game is a nice chance to see some of the different guys, and see if we think they’ll fit,” Jeffries said.

Charlotte has not received players from their MLS affiliate (Colorado Rapids) yet. Previous seasons have included Independence assignments for goalkeeper John Berner, outside backs Daniel Castillo and Marlon Hairston, and striker Caleb Calvert. Players from Colorado have arrived at various points in the season, for different lengths of time, which could create a different look for Charlotte.

The Independence heads to Atlanta United on March 3 for their third preseason match.


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