Charlotte (N.C.) — The Charlotte Independence (1-2-2) look to take on the New York Red Bulls II (3-2-2) this Thursday at Eagle Field on the campus of Winthrop University at 7:00 PM ET. After a tough loss to the Rochester Rhinos and an idle week, the Independence seek their second win early in the season.
The Independence last played on Saturday, April 29th in Rochester and left reeling after a 4-0 loss. Having not lost any game by multiple goals in 2016, the team is ready to getting the last game off their minds.
"We want to get back out on the field and compete," said Independence Head Coach Mike Jeffries. "The guys probably wanted [to play] a game the next day, just to get it out of their system a little bit."
Jeffries' squad will look to 2016 United Soccer League MVP finalist, Enzo Martinez and the Independence offense to jumpstart an attack that is averaging less than one goal per game. Martinez is the only player with multiple goals this season and Jeffries has put emphasis on scoring during the idle week.
"That's been the focus for the last ten days," said Jeffries. "Some of the thing's we've tried to focus on are being a little more dynamic in the final third. In the end, it comes down to guys making plays."
The Independence will next take on the a Red Bulls II side that is coming off a 3-1 home victory over Harrisburg City Islander last Saturday. The Red Bulls are on a three game unbeaten streak and are the 2016 USL defending champions.
"For us, the beginning part of this stretch was just about being competitive and going back to the things that have been successful for us," said Jeffries. "Having the extra time to work on somethings that didn't go well for us is a plus."
The Thursday, May 11th game vs New York Red Bulls II will be broadcast over the USL's Match Center via YouTube. For ticketing information to attend the game, please visit charlotteindependence.com or call 704-206-1515.