1) Castillo’s Brace Bolster Attack
Sunday night’s game was only the third time in thirteen league games that Tampa Bay conceded two goals in a game. The two goals Castillo scored against Tampa Bay we’re the first two goals of his professional career. Castillo’s brace was the third time such for an Independence player this season (Enzo Martinez twice). Castillo has been hampered by a knee fracture which he sustained in the game at Rochester and essentially caused him to miss the entire month of May.
2) Defensive Woes Continue
The Charlotte Independence and Phoenix Rising FC are the only two USL clubs to not record a clean sheet this season. The Independence holds the second highest goals against average in the Eastern Conference at 1.63 (New York Red Bulls II at 1.91 GAA). With the exception of the Saturday, April 8th game at Orlando City B, the Independence have trailed in all of their games, including two U.S. Open Cup games. In the past six games, the four-defensive starters have been four different combinations of Luke Waechter, Bilal Duckett, Henry Kalungi, Joel Johnson, Donnie Smith, Austin Yearwood, and Dennis Castillo.
Enzo Martinez on having patience when playing from behind….
“In the [North Carolina FC] game we learned to be patient even though we saw a lot of the goal. The same thing tonight. At halftime, everyone was positive. We just have to keep doing the same thing and we know the goals, the opportunities will come, and they did.”
3) So Long, Winthrop
Sunday’s match with the Tampa Bay Rowdies was the last scheduled Independence home game at Eagle Field on the campus of Winthrop University. In six games the Charlotte Independence played at Eagle Field the past three seasons, the home side has a +11 goal differential with four wins and two draws. The Independence will play at their new home stadium at the Sportsplex at Matthews beginning Saturday, June 17th versus the Harrisburg City Islanders.