The hosts are heading into the tie on the back of a 2-1 defeat at Montreal, while the visitors played out a thrilling 2-2 draw against FC Dallas last time out.
Charlotte FC will host Austin in a Major League soccer encounter at Bank of America stadium on Thursday. The hosts are heading into the tie on the back of a 2-1 defeat at Montreal, while the visitors played out a thrilling 2-2 draw against FC Dallas last time out. After the defeat, Charlotte FC dropped below the Eastern Conference playoff , while the visitors occupy third spot in the Western Conference table with 28 points, 8 behind leaders Los Angeles FC, but with a game in hand.
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At Saputo Stadium, on Saturday, Romell Quioto put the hosts ahead inside the opening six minute before Charlotte leveled the score through Guzman Corujo.. And then, two minutes into the second half, Mathieu Choiniere netted the winner to hand the defeat to the visitors. It was the Crown’s third defeat in their last five games across all competitions. Meanwhile their away form has been disastrous having collected just points on the road so far in the inaugural season.
Austin on the other hand, were involved in an end-to-end encounter at Q2 stadium. After a goalless first half, FC Dallas took a two goal lead through Paul Arriola and Brandon Servania. But Austin leveled the score courtesy of goals from Sebastian Driussi and Danny Hoesen. Austin’s recent form hasn’t been very great, registering two defeats, two draws and a victory in their last five games. However, Josh Wolff’s side has outperformed their expectations for the season, picking up 13 points away from home so far.
Charlotte has few injury concerns as Vinicius Mello is out with a left foot problem while Adam Armour is sidelined with a left knee problem. Shinyashiki and Swiderski are expected to lead Charlotte’s attack with Bronico and Bender pulling the strings in the midfield. As for Austin, Freddy Kleemann and Jhojan Valencia are nursing knee issues while Daniel Pereria is available after serving a one-match suspension.
Charlotte FC probable starting lineup: Kahlina; Fuchs, Walkes, Corujo, Lindsey; Hegardt, Bronico, Bender; Alcivar; Swiderski, Shinyashiki.
Austin probable starting lineup: Atuver, Jimenez, Romana, Gabrielson, Kolmanic; Ring, Finlay; Pereira, Drussi, Fagundez, Urruti.
The Major League Soccer encounter between Charlotte FC and Austin will take place at Bank of America stadium and it will kickoff at 4:30 am IST on July 1, Friday.
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