Charlotte FC edge Orlando City for first win


Enzo Copetti and Kerwin Vargas scored in the first half and Charlotte FC won for the first time this season with Saturday night’s 2-1 victory at Orlando City.

George Marks made six saves in the victory. He drew a yellow card in the 69th minute but regained his composure.

For the second year in a row, Charlotte FC (1-3-0, 3 points) won in their fourth game of the season after losing their first three.

Martin Ojeda scored for Orlando City (1-1-2, 5 points) in the 57th minute.

Copetti posted his goal in the 26th minute, collecting a through ball from Jaylin Lindsey. It marked the first time this season that Charlotte FC led in a game.

The transition goal seemed to catch Orlando City off guard and largely out of position, pretty much resulting in a breakaway opportunity.

It also meant that Orlando City wouldn’t be picking up a third consecutive home shutout, which would have been a franchise record. Pedro Gallese finished with two saves.

Then about nine minutes later, the team had a 2-0 advantage. Vargas scored by placing the ball on the left side of the net off an assist from Harrison Afful.

Ojeda’s goal gave a boost to Orlando City. It was assisted by rookie Duncan McGuire, who was a threat throughout the game at the offensive end.

Orlando City was playing their second game in four nights and it showed. The team had a draw with Tigres UANL in Wednesday’s Champions League elimination match.