1) David Estrada Finds the Net
Midfielder David Estrada scored both of the Independence’s goals against Rochester. He first found the net following a lengthy team build up and assist from Alex Martinez in the 12th minute to open the game’s goalscoring. He followed his goal with a rebounded goal in the 25th minute to give the team the cushioned lead they would need to maintain the lead throughout the 90 minutes. Estrada now has four goals in the 2017 season.
2) Revenge Over Rhinos
The Charlotte Independence finally found their victory over the Rochester Rhinos after facing playoff defeat to the team in last season’s playoffs. The last time the Jacks faced the Rhinos, they lost 4-0. The 2-1 victory at home served as a sweet revenge over the team that ended the Jacks’ 2016 season, and bumped the team to fifth place in the USL Eastern Conference table.
3) Yellow Carded
Defender Callum Ross will be forced to miss the Tuesday, July 4th game in Pittsburgh due to yellow card accumulation. In the 32nd minute of play against the Rochester Rhinos, he received his fifth yellow card of the season. Ross follows Joel Johnson as the second player to face suspension due to yellow card accumulation - Johnson was forced to miss the Sunday, June 4th game against the Tampa Bay Rowdies due to five yellow cards.