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The Full Time Clip: Charlotte FC Snap Shutout Streak in Weather-Delayed Match Against New York Red Bulls

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May 30, 2024 – Major League Soccer (MLS)
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CLTFC conceded three goals in the second half after an hour-plus severe weather delay during halftime, ending a Club-record shutout streak at 523 minutes; Ben Bender marked his return from injury with late stoppage-time goal.

First Half

Lineup: Kahlina, Byrne, Malanda, Privett, Pedro, Westwood, Diani, Bronico, Abada, Vargas, Agyemang

The Wednesday night weather in Harrison, New Jersey, was picture-perfect for a match at Red Bull Arena. As matches typically do against the high-pressing, high-energy New York Red Bulls, it started off in a chaotic, back-and-forth fashion.

The Red Bulls created the first big chance just two minutes in. Dylan Nealis came flying in to meet a cross that stood up to the back post, crashing over the stationary Joao Pedro but putting his header wide of Kristijan Kahlina’s post.

Charlotte FC nearly opened the scoring in the 9th minute through a lightning-quick counterattack. Liel Abada, freshly back in Dean Smith’s starting lineup after an injury layoff, broke forward and slotted a ball into the channel for Patrick Agyemang. The young striker shrugged off his defender in the box and chopped it back onto his left foot. His shot left Coronel stranded but clanged straight back off the near post.

It took until the 22nd minute for the next big chance (not counting a big Kahlina save on a chance that was waved off for offside regardless), and it was Abada again at the center of the action. Agyemang challenged for a 50-50 header, but it was flicked on for Abada by a Red Bulls defender, keeping the Israeli onside. He burst in behind with two prep touches but fired his shot right at Red Bulls goalkeeper Carlos Coronel from a great position.

The match continued chaotically throughout much of the first half. Kahlina, along with Adilson Malanda and Andrew Privett in front of him, dealt well with the Red Bulls press by picking the right times to skip over them with precise long balls to the wingers or Agyemang up top.

Bronico had a decent chance inside the box from a broken corner kick play, but lingered too long on the ball and was stripped from behind. The resulting deflections ended up with Abada on top of the box, but his shot through traffic was comfortably saved by Coronel.

Abada led a counter attack that fizzled out in the 37th minute, driving forward despite being dragged back by a trailing midfielder throughout. His speed to attack the space left by the Red Bulls’ high press was…

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