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Independence Hangs Four Goals On Ottawa In Season Opener

By Kayvon Ezami, 03/17/18, 10:15PM EDT

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The Independence rolls to victory in 2018 Season Opener

Matthews (NC) — In the 2018 Season Opener, the Charlotte Independence, a United Soccer League professional soccer team, routed Ottawa Fury FC 4-1 at the Sportsplex at Matthews on Saturday night. Trinidad and Tobago internal midfielder, Cordell Cato tapped in a Donnie Smith corner kick to give the Jacks a halftime lead.  Cato added a second goal after halftime, bagging a brace in his USL debut. Independence forward and USL 2nd All-Time goal scorer, Jorge Herrera converted a  79th minute penalty kick to give the Independence a commanding 3-1 lead. Herrera played a key role in Charlotte's final goal, as Ottawa defender Kyle Porter deflected a shot into his own goal. Saturday night's win marked the first Season Opening victory in the four-year franchise history for the Independence. 

"It’s a great feeling and a big step for this franchise," said Independence Head Coach Mike Jeffries. "Now we have to continue this success throughout the season.”  

Scoring Summary: 
41’: CLT - Cordell Cato (Donnie Smith)
58’: CLT - Cordell Cato (Joel Johnson)
65’: OTT - Sito Seoane
79’: CLT - Jorge Herrera (PK)
83’: CLT - Own Goal
Discipline:
45’: CLT – Kevan George (YC)
67’: CLT – Jorge Herrera (YC)
90 + 3’: OTT – Kevin Oliveria (YC)
Shots:
CLT - 14 
OTT - 4 
Saves: 
CLT - 1 
OTT - 4
Possession:
CLT - 42.3%
OTT - 57.7%
 
Next Game:
Toronto FC II at Charlotte Independence – March 24th, 7:00 p.m. ET, Sportsplex at Matthews

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