Charlotte (NC) – The Charlotte Independence slow start to the 2019 season continued on Saturday night as New York Red Bulls II topped the home team 2-1 at the Sportsplex at Matthews. In his Independence debut, Niki Jackson netted the game's opening goal off at arching Andrew Gutman cross.
However, the Red Bulls rallied off consecutive plays by Tom Barlow for the game's final goals. The Independence and Red Bulls would go scoreless through the second half, even though the home team would see the bulk of the opportunities, outshooting their opposition 9-5.
"The players they’re bitterly disappointed down there, as are we all with the result, but not with a lot of the performance," said Independence Head Coach Jim McGuinness. "So that’s what we need to focus on. We need to focus on what we did well tonight."
The Independence will return to the Sportsplex at Matthews on a quick turnaround for a Tuesday night match against Bethlehem Steel FC.
CLT – Niki Jackson 25’ (Andrew Gutman)
NY – Tom Barlow 33' (Marcus Epps)
NY – Tom Barlow 36' (Jared Stroud)
CLT – Kevan George (yellow) 51’
CLT – Mark Hill (yellow) 33’
NY – Sean McSherry (yellow) 79’
NY – Amarildo (yellow) 85'
Brandon Miller; Andrew Gutman, Hugh Roberts, Steven Thicot, Joel Johnson; Enzo Martinez, Alex Martinez, Mark Hill (Jorge Herrera – 63’), Abdoulie Mansally (Jake Areman – 45’); Dominic Oduro (Alex Martinez – 71'), Jake Areman
Evan Louro, Jordan Scarlett, Allen Yanes, Sean Nealis, Rece Buckmaster, Jean-Christophe Koffi, Jared Stroud, Christopher Lema, Tom Barlow (Preston Kilwien – 89'), Marcus Epps (Sean McSherry – 74'), Mathias Jorgensen (Amarildo – 76')