Daniel Ríos scored the only goal of the match just five minutes in, and New York City was unable to come up with an answer for the remainder of the match. However, Christian Fuchs was handed a red card at 56 minutes in.
Charlotte was 7-13-1 against Eastern Conference opponents with a 4-0-0 record in games it scores three or more goals. On the other hand, NYCFC was 9-9-4 in conference matchups.
Charlotte won the last meeting against New York on the road 3-1.
The surface at Bank of America Stadium looked a bit different for fans of Charlotte FC and the Carolina Panthers this weekend, and it's all due to the rainy forecast.
With a soccer match Saturday night, followed by a football game Sunday, combined with likely rain, crews put down lines for both MLS and NFL ahead of the weekend.
That means for Saturday afternoon's match, the gridiron lines were already on the field.
The MLS lines are painted yellow, while the NFL lines, hash marks, and sidelines are painted white.
Last week, Charlotte headed to Ohio on Saturday to take on FC Cincinnati in Eastern Conference play, seeking to secure another win in the second matchup between both teams.
But Cincinnati found their revenge on their home turf, winning 2-0. The win at home is a poetic mirror for them; the first time both teams met, Charlotte successfully defended the pitch with the same score.
FC Cincinnati found the net 38 minutes into play with a goal from Nick Hagglund. Their second goal, this time from Luciano Acosta, happened in the final minutes of the match. Charlotte FC was unable to answer either.
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