Ingredients of the Match

Away Support | Ingredients of the Match


Charlotte FC is gearing up for a major Eastern Conference showdown against their Southern rivals, Atlanta United FC.

Here are the three ingredients of the match:

Short Memory

As Charlotte FC prepares to face off against Atlanta United, both teams bring contrasting recent performances into the match. Atlanta United broke a four-game winless streak with a stunning 3-1 victory over the Supporters' Shield leaders, Inter Miami. Meanwhile, Charlotte FC suffered a tough 3-0 defeat to the New York Red Bulls to snap a 523-minute shutout streak. Despite the scoreline, Charlotte’s performance showed promise.

"You have to forget about it," Coach Dean Smith commented after the loss to the Red Bulls. "You can't change it. Can't change what's happened, can't change the results. All we can do is be better in the next game."

Top athletes know the importance of having a short memory. Dwelling on past defeats only hampers future performance. It's crucial to focus on what lies ahead and control what you can. Fortunately, Charlotte has a quick opportunity to bounce back with their next match just around the corner.

Cheap Goals

Charlotte FC's defense had been formidable, going five consecutive matches without conceding a goal before their midweek game against the Red Bulls. During this impressive run, they restricted opponents to low-percentage chances and minimized mistakes. However, against the Red Bulls, two errors led to goals that Charlotte arguably didn't deserve to concede.

The first goal came from a needless foul in a dangerous area leading to a free kick, and the second came from a missed header. Despite Atlanta United's struggles this season, their attacking prowess means they can capitalize on any defensive lapses. By minimizing mistakes, Charlotte can add to their league-leading clean sheet tally and secure crucial points on the road.

Away Support

Coach Smith observed early in the season that fewer fans travel to away matches in the US compared to the UK, mainly due to the vast distances involved. However, the matchup against Atlanta United is one of the closest geographically, and the rivalry adds extra significance.

Usually, a few Charlotte FC fans attend every away game, but matches in Atlanta attract a much larger following. Last year, nearly 1,100 Charlotte supporters traveled to Atlanta to cheer on The Crown. Even though they were outnumbered by home fans, their presence was unmistakable. This year, the number of traveling fans is expected to nearly double, with around 2,000 making the trip.

This strong away support will provide Charlotte FC with an extra boost, offering the encouragement needed to secure a positive result in this high-stakes encounter.

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