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Charlotte FC narrowly misses chance to keep season hopes alive

By Steve Goldberg

Luis Diaz leaps to narrowly aviod collision during Charlotte FC vs. Columbus Crew match at Bank of America Stadium
ADSN Photo by Kevin Tolbert Luis Diaz leaps to narrowly aviod collision during Charlotte FC vs. Columbus Crew match at Bank of America Stadium

The inaugural season in Major League Soccer for Charlotte FC effectively ended with a 2-2 draw against the Columbus Crew. There’s one more game to be played on Sunday against the New York Red Bulls on the road but the chance for a postseason is over.

Charlotte went down 2-0 after 54 minutes but fought back to even the score and had chances to win it.

“I’m very, very proud of my team,” said coach Christian Lattanzio. “I think this is a team that makes Charlotte FC proud. We fight until the end. We deserved more than a draw. I thought our boys really brought the game to them. They played with heart, they played (smart).”

“It doesn’t feel like it should be over,” said midfielder Brandt Bronico. “I feel like we should be in the playoffs. When I look back to the start of the season and how far we’ve come, I can’t think of anything but pride and love for these guys, everything we’ve been through together and pushed through, the adversity we faced, and how we became one team, how we became better.”


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