Charlotte (N.C.) – The USL’s Eastern Conference first place team, Charlotte Independence (11-3-7) continue their two-game Canada road trip with a visit to Ottawa Fury FC (6-7-6) this Saturday night. The Independence are in the midst of a franchise record-tying 12-game unbeaten streak which includes eight wins dating back to June 10th. The Eastern Conference’s top offense is spearheaded by 2016 USL MVP Finalist Enzo Martinez and the USL’s Second All-Time leading goal scorer Jorge Herrera, who both sit tied for the league’s fourth-most goals scored. The Independence rounds out their potent attack by boasting the Eastern Conference's best goal difference at +18.
The Independence were last in action on Wednesday night when they drew with Toronto FC II at BMO Field. The Independence fell behind as Jordan Hamilton put Toronto on the board first with a 49th minute strike. The Jacks would respond in the 62nd minute as Joel Johnson and the Independence attack put the on pressure, resulting in an officially scored own goal. After Charlotte’s Donnie Smith drew a red card just minutes after the Independence equalized, rookie forward Jaime Siaj put the Independence ahead in the 79th minute. However, Jordan Hamilton completed his two-goal performance in stoppage time to complete Toronto’s comeback draw with the Independence.
On only two days rest, the Independence take their hot streak to Ottawa Fury for the first-ever meeting between the two clubs. The Independence played their Inaugural season in 2015, while Ottawa left the North American Soccer League this past offseason to join the expanding USL. Ottawa is in the hunt for a playoff position, while forward Sito Seoane leads the offense with five goals for Fury FC. While the Fury will be without Shane McEleney while he serves a three-game violent conduct suspension, the Independence will regain Enzo Martinez who served a one-game red card suspension versus Toronto FC II.
The Independence look to continue their unbeaten success versus Ottawa at the match will kickoff at 7:00 PM ET (originally scheduled for 2:00 PM ET) at TD Place Stadium. The game being live broadcast on charlotteindependence.com, the USL’s Match Center via YouTube, and on WCCB’s Attena TV on Spectrum Charlotte Channel 1261. The Independence will return home next Wednesday, August 16th for an ESPN nationally televised USL Game of the Week. Ticket for the game are now on sale at charlotteindependence.com.