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USL Match Preview – #CLTvHAR

By Staff, 06/16/17, 9:17AM EDT


Independence open new home with visit from City Islanders

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte Independence will open their new home at the Sportsplex at Matthews when they play host to the Harrisburg City Islanders on Saturday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET.

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Charlotte Independence news and notes

  • Current record: 3-3-4, 13pts

  • The Independence enter their new permanent home on a three-game winless streak after playing to a 1-1 draw with FC Cincinnati last Saturday night at Nippert Stadium.

  • Alex Martinez opened the scoring for the visitors against FCC, but an equalizer by Justin Hoyte just before halftime left the teams all square.

  • Charlotte will be without standout forward Enzo Martinez for Saturday’s game due to suspension after his red card late against Cincinnati.

  • The Independence went 1-1-2 in their opening four home games of the season.

Harrisburg City Islanders news and notes

  • Current record: 2-5-4, 10pts

  • The City Islanders were defeated 1-0 by Ottawa Fury FC last Saturday night at TD Place in their most recent league outing, extending the club’s winless streak to eight games.

  • Harrisburg has scored only three goals in the past five games, and has been held scoreless three times in that span.

  • Midfielder Jonny Mendoza found the net for the City Islanders on Wednesday night, but it proved only a consolation as the Philadelphia Union took a 3-1 win in the Fourth Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

  • A draw or a loss on Saturday will see the City Islanders match their longest winless streak in the 2016 USL regular season.

Series Notes

  • The Independence won both meetings between the clubs a season ago to take a 2-1-1 lead in the all-time series.


  • Charlotte – GK: Cody Mizell, Kainoa Likewise, Kyle Renfro; D: Bilal Duckett, Dennis Castillo, Jared Odenbeck, Henry Kalungi, Donald Smith, Ashani Fairclough, Joel Johnson, Austin Yearwood, Luke Waechter; M: Callum Ross, Lewis Hilton, Zev Taublieb, Yann Edkra, David Spies, David Estrada, Alex Martinez, Jun Marques Davidson; F: Casey Townsend, Jorge Herrera, Jaime Siaj, Jacob Bender

  • Harrisburg – GK: Nick Noble, Brandon Miller, Sean Lewis; D: Griffin Libhart, Travis Brent, Tiago Calvano, Lee Nishanian, Jake Bond, James Thomas, Abass Mohammed, Chris Hill, Shawn McLaws; M: Manolo Sanchez, Mouhamed Dabo, Jonathan Mendoza, Paul Wilson, Rasheed Olabiyi, Danny DiPrima, John Grosh; F: Aaron Wheeler, Michael Olla, Cardel Benbow, Ropapa Mensah, Pedro Ribeiro, Fredrick Opoku


  • Charlotte – Suspended: Enzo Martinez; Accumulation warning: Callum Ross

  • Harrisburg – None



  • AR1: Ryan Graves

  • AR2: Hicham El Bariqi

  • 4TH: Chris Zuerner

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  • #CLTvHAR

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