MATTHEWS, N.C. – The Charlotte Independence were unable to capitalize on quality chances, as Indy Eleven secured a point on the road in a 0-0 result from the Sportsplex at Matthews on Saturday. Both sides found it difficult to break down each other in the final third throughout the match, while Jorge Herrera had the best chances to score on the night. Herrera’s header in the 17th minute flashed just wide of the left post, while his right-footed shot from the center of the box in the 72nd minute deflected off the crossbar. Earlier in the match, another Charlotte attack resulted in a potential goal, as a cross into the box ricocheted off a defender and onto the crossbar before bouncing back into play. Meanwhile, Indy’s best chance of the match came from Soony Saad, who hit a rocket towards goal in the 62nd minute, but Independence goalkeeper Brandon Miller was able to do just enough to deny the goal. With the result, Charlotte moves to 2-2-2, while the Eleven are now 3-1-1.
Three Things That Matter:
1. While the Independence kept the clean sheet at home on Saturday, the team’s winless streak is now at four games and counting. After scoring eight goals in its first three games of the season, the team has been unable to record one in its previous three matches – which includes 2-0 losses to both Nashville SC and North Carolina FC. That’s not to say the team didn’t have its chances against Indy, as Jorge Herrera came close to scoring in both halves.
2. The Eleven remain unbeaten on the road in the 2018 USL regular season. Indy recorded a 1-0 win against the Richmond Kickers in its season opener on March 24 and a 1-0 victory against North Carolina FC on April 7 before Saturday’s tie. The result also marks the third time the Eleven have recorded a shutout this year. In total, Indy has conceded three goals this year, making its defense one of the toughest to break down across the entire league.
3. Jack McInerney is still looking to find the back of the net after scoring the game-winning goal against the Kickers in Indy’s season opener on March 24. He has had many opportunities to score since then, but the forward has found himself in a bit of a dry spell. On Saturday, the forward’s best chances came in the 20th minute and 56th minute, with the former opportunity being a backheel shot near the goal and the latter attempt being a header that flashed wide of the frame.
USLSoccer.com Man of the Match
Karl Ouimette, Indy Eleven – The defender helped the Eleven record another shutout by completing 80.5 percent of his passes, as well as making three tackles, six clearances and two interceptions.
Charlotte Independence at Charleston Battery – May 5, 7 p.m. ET, MUSC Health Stadium
Indy Eleven vs. FC Cincinnati – May 2, 7 p.m. ET, Lucas Oil Stadium