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Charlotte FC Unable to Overcome Slow Start in Narrow Loss at Nashville SC

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In a thrilling yet ultimately disappointing encounter, Charlotte FC faced off against Nashville SC in an end-to-end battle with refereeing decisions a major point of contention. Despite showing flashes of promise in the second half, Charlotte FC succumbed to a 2-1 defeat, leaving both the team and the impressive contingent of traveling fans frustrated.

Beyond his frustration with the refereeing decisions that went against his team in key moments, Head Coach Dean Smith was unhappy with his team’s first half performance where their usual control seemed to slip away.

"That's the first game where in the first half we didn't have as much control as we would have liked," Smith said. 

He likened the frenetic pace of the game to a basketball match, emphasizing the unusual lack of control in the early stages. Smith also saw some lapses in defensive organization leading to Nashville's goals. 

"The game became a series of transitions, but we conceded two really poor goals," he lamented. 

Smith went on to pinpoint the failure to prevent crosses and subsequent free headers as key areas of concern. Despite preparation and discussions, the execution fell short, leaving Charlotte FC vulnerable at crucial moments.


Midfielder Brecht Dejaegere echoed Smith's sentiments while also acknowledging the team's resilience in the second half. 

"I think we have a little bit of regret about the first half," Dejaegere admitted, emphasizing the slow start. However, he remained optimistic about the team's ability to bounce back, citing a distinct improvement after the halftime break.

Dejaegere, who contributed with a goal in first half stoppage time, expressed personal satisfaction but emphasized the collective nature of the sport. 

“It [scoring the goal] is good for myself, for my confidence, and to keep going,” said Dejaegere. “But, at the end of the day it's a collective sport, and you want to win points.”Br

This concludes an exhausting three-match away stretch as the team finally returns to Bank of America Stadium to host the defending MLS Cup Champions, Columbus Crew. Dejaegere shared the excitement of returning home after a challenging road stretch.

“It’s massive,” said Dejaegere with a smile. “I think at the first game they [the fans] showed what they're capable of and that they can really push us forward. So, we are looking forward to it after three long weeks on the road to finally being at the Bank and finding the support again in the Bank. So, we'll be looking forward to it.”

The prospect of reconnecting with home support buoys the team's spirits despite the setback, fueling their determination to bounce back stronger in the upcoming fixtures. With lessons learned and a renewed sense of determination, Charlotte FC sets its sights on the challenges ahead, eager to reward their loyal supporters with improved performances and positive results.