Honoring the recent arrival of their Ukrainian striker, Illia Shevtsov, the Charlotte Independence (7-7-4, 5th) will host Forward Madison FC (6-4-7, 6th) with ticket proceeds benefitting Ukrainian relief efforts. An exciting clash sees both sides in good form, as the Jacks and 'Mingos have each picked up eight points in their last five matches. The Independence have dominated Madison in two meetings, winning both by a combined total of eight goals to three. A potential winner will jump into third place heading into the weekend.
CLT - Khori Bennett: In his first full professional season, Bennett recorded his first professional hat trick and just the third of the League One season last Friday against Central Valley. In 76 minutes of play, Bennett added on by winning five ground duels and three fouls.
MAD - Mitch Osmond: Osmond had the highest passing score of Week 18 according to American Soccer Analysis as the Aussie completed 107 of his 114 passes over two Week 18 matches. Overall, Osmond recorded 10 recoveries and five clearances on 69% ground and aerial duel success and 75% long ball accuracy.