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Charlotte FC edge Orlando City for first win

Field Level Media
19 Mar 2023, 12:40 GMT+10

Enzo Copetti and Kerwin Vargas scored in the first half and Charlotte FC won for the first time this season with Saturday night's 2-1 victory at Orlando City.

George Marks made six saves in the victory. He drew a yellow card in the 69th minute but regained his composure.

For the second year in a row, Charlotte FC (1-3-0, 3 points) won in their fourth game of the season after losing their first three.

Martin Ojeda scored for Orlando City (1-1-2, 5 points) in the 57th minute.

Copetti posted his goal in the 26th minute, collecting a through ball from Jaylin Lindsey. It marked the first time this season that Charlotte FC led in a game.

The transition goal seemed to catch Orlando City off guard and largely out of position, pretty much resulting in a breakaway opportunity.

It also meant that Orlando City wouldn't be picking up a third consecutive home shutout, which would have been a franchise record. Pedro Gallese finished with two saves.

Then about nine minutes later, the team had a 2-0 advantage. Vargas scored by placing the ball on the left side of the net off an assist from Harrison Afful.

Ojeda's goal gave a boost to Orlando City. It was assisted by rookie Duncan McGuire, who was a threat throughout the game at the offensive end.

Orlando City was playing their second game in four nights and it showed. The team had a draw with Tigres UANL in Wednesday's Champions League elimination match.

--Field Level Media

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