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Charlotte FC send NYCFC to third consecutive defeat

Aug 17, 2022; Harrison, New Jersey, USA; New York City FC forward Heber (9) plays the ball against Charlotte FC defender Jan Sobocinski (2) during the first half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Brandt Bronico scored the tiebreaking goal and Karol Swiderski and Christian Fuchs each had a goal and an assist to help Charlotte FC post a 3-1 victory over struggling New York City FC on Wednesday night at Harrison, N.J.

Charlotte FC (10-14-2, 32 points) improved to 2-10-2 on the road. They had lost four of their previous five games overall.

Bronico’s goal came in the 77th minute and gave Charlotte a 2-1 lead. Fuchs easily found the right corner of the net on a penalty kick in the first minute of second-half stoppage time.

Swiderski scored his eight goal of the season in the first half and set up the decisive goal with a back-heel pass to Bronico.

Bronico’s first goal of the season deflected off the hand of New York City FC goalkeeper Sean Johnson. Fuchs’ goal was his third of the campaign.

Maxime Chanot scored his first MLS goal since 2018 for NYCFC (12-7-6, 42 points). The loss was the third in a row for NYCFC, and the club has allowed three goals in each of the setbacks after giving up just 21 in its first 22 matches.

New York City also is winless in four matches (0-3-1) since star Valentin “Taty” Castellanos was loaned to Girona FC in Spain.

Charlotte goalie Kristijan Kahlina made five saves. Johnson had two stops.

NYCFC held a 14-6 edge in shots and put six on target to Charlotte’s five.

Swiderski struck in the fourth minute, but the officials initially ruled it a no-goal.

McKinze Gaines fed Swiderski, who fired a close-range left-footed shot. Johnson appeared to be inside the net and blocked it, and the ball was cleared away.

Two minutes later, a video review was called and the goal was awarded when the replays clearly displayed the ball crossed the goal line.

NYCFC’s Santiago Rodriguez sent a right-footed direct kick just high over the crossbar in the 16th minute, and then Kahlina frustrated NYCFC with two stellar saves in a three-minute span.

In the 21st minute, Thiago Andrade was open on the doorstep and Kahlina stopped his right-footed shot. Two minutes later, Rodriguez took a free kick from the left flank, and Kahlina got up to knock the right-footed shot over the bar.

NYCFC finally found the back of the net in the 28th minute as Chanot received a pass about 25 yards out and unleashed a right-footed shot that sailed into the top right corner of the net.

–Field Level Media