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The Full Time Clip: Charlotte FC Extends Unbeaten Home Record to 12 Against FC Cincinnati

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March 30, 2024 – Major League Soccer (MLS)
Charlotte FC News Release

CLTFC drew the defending Supporter’s Shield Champions just one week after beating the defending MLS Cup Champions.

Djibril Diani earned and scored a second half penalty kick.

First Half

Lineup: Kahlina, Byrne, Malanda, Privett, Uronen, Westwood, Diani, Petkovic, Vargas, Dejaegere, Agyemang

The vibes were high in Bank of America Stadium pre-match, as 30,043 fans screamed out the starters’ last names and jumped with backs turned for the iconic Pepzan tradition. The team on the field channeled that energy and got off to a hot start.

First, Ashley Westwood split the Cincinnati defense with a pinpoint through ball in just the 2nd minute to send Kerwin Vargas streaking in behind. The Colombian winger smartly took his shot first-time but blazed it over the bar.

Then, after excellent build-up play in the 13th minute, a Charlotte FC corner found Vargas alone on the penalty spot, but his header couldn’t clear the traffic. The rebound ended up back with Kahlina, who lobbed it in for an Andrew Privett flick-on. Brecht Dejaegere held it up inside the box and got it back to the young American, but his great chance to curl it into the far corner ended up in the stands.

The CLTFC momentum kept piling on as they dominated possession. Five minutes later, Vargas played a brilliant cross into the area and Patrick Agyemang stole in front of Nick Hagglund to get the first touch. Cincinnati goalkeeper Roman Celentano, though, made a good point-blank reaction save.

Agyemang was a handful for Hagglund over this opening period. Nathan Byrne stood up a cross for him in the 20th minute with Agyemang ready to dunk, but Hagglund got his positioning right to clear it. CLTFC’s striker also had a penalty shout just after, but referee Rubiel Vazquez rightly waved it away.

After a dominant opening 25 minutes for CLTFC, Kristijan Kahlina got involved for the first time. Corey Baird found space and time inside the box, but the Croatian was up to the task, flashing two hands up to block the effort.

With that big chance, FC Cincinnati found a foothold in the game. Both teams traded some half chances (Yuya Kubo and Nikola Petkovic had long-range efforts on either end), and then Cincinnati exerted more control with longer spells of possession to create some nervy moments inside the box for CLTFC defenders and fans, alike.

Vargas continued to be a threat, nearly finding a back post header from a Dejaegere delivery and then almost scoring…

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