The Full Time Clip: Charlotte FC Triumph in Tight Match over Nashville SC Behind Agyemang Strike

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Patrick Agyemang netted another match-winner in the second half with a powerful left-footed strike.

First Half

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

Saturday’s match got off to a plodding start, despite the energy in Bank of America Stadium from 36,319 fans and an open upper deck. The first 25 minutes went by with some half-decent chances and possession from both teams. The most action was Adilson Malanda changing his shirt after getting it bloody in a collision and a yellow card to Tyler Boyd for a foul on Nathan Byrne, but not much else.

Tactically, it was an interesting battle between Charlotte FC Head Coach Dean Smith and Nashville SC Head Coach Gary Smith. The two Englishmen set their teams up in very different ways, with Nashville in a 3-5-2 and Charlotte FC in a more traditional 4-3-3.

Dean Smith’s major adjustment was changing his defensive approach with the selection of Brandt Bronico in midfield rather than a more usual number 10. Instead of defending in a flat 4-4-2, CLTFC’s three forwards matched up directly with Nashville’s three center backs to engage the high press while Bronico and Djibril sat deeper next to Ashley Westwood.

Patrick Agyemang had a big chance around a half hour into the game. After an incisive build led by Brecht Dejaegere, Kerwin Vargas poked a side-footed shot at the net that Agyemang redirected. Nashville goalkeeper Joe Willis made a good point-blank save, but the young striker was offside in the first place, anyway.

In the 39th minute, Dru Yearwood put a good shot on goal from the top of the box that Kristijan Kahlina did very well to hold on to the save and not spill it. Sam Surridge was lurking right in front of him, waiting for an easy tap-in on any rebound.

After five minutes of stoppage time, the half wound down with little fanfare and match hit halfway at a scoreless draw.

Second Half

Lineup: Kahlina, Byrne, Malanda, Privett, Uronen, Westwood, Diani (74′), Bronico (90′), Vargas (90′), Dejaegere (67′), Agyemang (90′)

Substitutions: Tavares (67′), Urso (74′), Arfield (90′), Smalls (90′), Petkovic (90′)

Gary Smith made a halftime change for Nashville, bringing on team captain Walker Zimmerman to replace Brent Kallman at center back. Zimmerman, a U.S. National Team regular, had been nursing an injury back to health with this match just his second back on the field.

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