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Match Previews - 5.21.2023

By Staff, 05/21/23, 11:30AM EDT


Dogwood Derby rivals meet for 17th time

Charlotte Independence vs. North Carolina FC

Venue: American Legion Memorial Stadium; Charlotte, N.C.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Weather: Partly cloudy, 75°
Hashtag: #CLTvNC
Series (First Meeting): 7-7-2 (2015)

Set to meet its Dogwood Derby rival for the second time this season and 17th time overall, the Charlotte Independence will host North Carolina FC at American Legion Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon. After starting the season with seven unbeaten, the Jacks have dropped two consecutive matches to a pair of clubs below the playoff line in Greenville and Lexington. Similarly, North Carolina's four-match win streak was snapped at the hands of then-unbeaten Forward Madison FC on May 13 before John Bradford's bunch bounced back with a dramatic comeback victory over Richmond on Wednesday. After starting the series just 1-6-1 over their first eight meetings, the Jacks have responded with a resounding 6-1-1 record over their last eight contests. Additionally, Charlotte has not lost to NCFC at home since 2019.


CLT - Miguel Ibarra: The former United States international has continued his efficiency at 33 years old, recording five chances created, an 86% passing accuracy, a 93% long ball accuracy, five recoveries and two duels won last week.

NC - Rafa Mentzingen: April's Player of the Month has started his first NCFC season with a club-best six goals. Additionally, his 13 chances created are second on the team.


CLT: M - Bachir Ndiaye (out, injury)

NC: D - Luke Croll (questionable, injury), D - Daniel Navarro (questionable, injury)

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