FC Cincinnati vs Charlotte Independence: Game review and highlights
On a beautiful Saturday night, FC Cincinnati was held to a draw against the Charlotte Independence. After having 17 shots and only putting four on target, the home side expected to be walking away with three points. They were even able to bring in a huge crowd of 21,115. This is just the beginning of huge games at Nippert with the Hell is Real rivalry Wednesday and the international friendly against Valencia next month.
Even with a huge crowd, the team was still unable to walk away with a much-needed three.
Alex Martinez, who is the leading goal scorer for the Independence, netted a goal near-post after a fantastic sequence of passing from the visiting team. That was early in the 18th minute. The Independence dominated the beginning of this game, but as the game played out, FCC settled in and eventually created more chances.
They tied the game up on a Justin Hoyte goal right before halftime. The goal came off an exquisite give-and-go. While the first half was as entertaining as they come, the second half provided much less action. With just a couple chances for each side, the most exciting moment could have been the late red that was issued to Enzo Martinez, the team's assist leader. When looking back, this will be a game that FCC needed to win.
This was a saddening tie as FCC is a borderline playoff team and will have a difficult home matchup on Saturday as they face top-of-the-conference Charleston.
The game also raised several questions on if FCC's 4-3-3 could continue to have success after just two multi-goal games in 15 appearances.
Even though FCC didn't come out on top, they did have fireworks after to appease the fans.
Watch here for key highlights throughout the game.