The battle of the Queen Cities
The Charlotte FC played its fifth match of the season last night against the FC Cincinnati. One of the big themes leading into the match was the argument of who was truly the Queen City.
Charlotte is called the Queen City because it was named for King George III of Great Britain's wife, Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, while Cincinnati's nickname stems from its population growth in the late 18th century. With that being said, I think it’s clear to see who the real Queen City really is and that's Charlotte North Carolina!
As the match got underway Charlotte FC was certainly riding a high from their first ever win last week against New England. The team certainly did not want the high to end and they struck early will Attacker Karol Swiderski scored a goal at the 6 - minute mark of the match. Which fired up the 30,242 fans in attendance early on in this match.
Swiderski was not finished scoring in this match when he scored the second and only other goal in the match at the 55 - minute mark on a set kick coming at the 55 minute mark.
Charlotte FC secured the win with a 2-0 score and the team is now riding its first ever winning streak.
From a weather perspective the wind had an impact on the match with gusts in the Charlotte area ranging from 30 - 35mph during the match with winds likely a little under those speeds down on the pitch. After the match I asked Coach Miguel Angel Ramirez about the winds and here is what he had to say.
Goalkeeper Kristjan Kahlina who had a clean sheet during the match (Meaning he did not allow any goals to be scored by FC Cincinnati) was also asked about the winds during the match and here is his response.
Charlotte FC is on the road next week and looks for their third win in a row versus a Philadelphia team that is currently on a three game winning streak.