Charlotte had the first chance of the game, when Dane Kelly snuck behind Tulu and Nico Cardona in the third minute. He fired a ball on frame but Jeff Caldwell made his first of X saves on the night. Back and forth the teams went until the 37th minute. Preston Tabort Etaka, sprinting past defenders up the right side of the pitch, delivered a cross for Juan Carlos Obregón Jr. in front of the net. Charlotte defender Hugh Roberts slid to try and clear the ball, but redirected it into his own net instead! Hartford took an early 1-0 lead into the break.
Charlotte responded strong in the second half. Gabriel Obertan, of Manchester United and French National Team fame, struck a beautiful left-footed volley to the far post and past a diving Jeff Caldwell to level the match. Just 12 minutes later, Joel Johnson dribbled into the box from his right and hit a beautiful curling ball into the top corner to give Charlotte the lead. Hartford had a handful of chances including a chip from Juan Carlos Obregón Jr. that just flew over the crossbar and after four minutes of stoppage time, the referees blew the whistle.
Hartford Athletic is back home for the final time in 2021 on Tuesday night against Charleston Battery. The match is a makeup from the postponed September 1st match. All tickets for September 1st are valid for this match. For tickets, visit hartfordathletic.com/single.
Shots (On-Target): Hartford 8 (2) - 14 (6) Charlotte
Corners: Hartford 2-6 Charlotte
Fouls: Hartford 15-6 Charlotte
Offsides: Hartford 2-3 Charlotte
Possession: Hartford 41.4%-58.6% Charlotte
Passing Accuracy: Hartford 81.6%-87.9% Charlotte
Saves: Hartford 4-2 Charlotte
37' - Hugh Roberts (Own Goal) 1-0
49' - Gabriel Obertan (Dane Kelly) 1-1
68' - Joel Johnson (Brandt Bronico) 1-2
16' - Luka Prpa (Yellow)
43' - Preston Tabort Etaka (Yellow)
90+2' - Justin Haak (Yellow)
90+3' - Dane Kelly (Yellow)
HARTFORD ATHLETIC STARTING LINEUP:
13 (GK) Jeff Caldwell; 3 (DF) Younes Boudadi, 15 (DF) Tulu, 4 (DF) Nicolás Cardona, 6 (DF) Arthur Rogers; 80 (MF) Justin Haak, 11 (MF) Luka Prpa (Kenan Hot, 77'), 10 (MF) Danny Barrera; 23 (FW) Preston Tabort Etaka (Derek Dodson, 61'), 29 (FW) Juan Carlos Obregón Jr., 18 (FW) Walmer Martinez (Sebastian Elney, 78')
CHARLOTTE INDEPENDENCE STARTING LINEUP:
1 (GK) Austin Pack; 2 (DF) Kevin Reascos, 3 (DF) Hugh Roberts, 22 (DF) Christian Fuchs; 4 (MF) Jake Areman (Valentín Sabella, 90+1'), 7 (MF) Joel Johnson, 13 (MF) Brandt Bronico, 32 (MF) Gabriel Obertan (Adam Armour, 77'), 56 (MF) Sylvain Marveaux (Marcelo Palomino, 45'); 19 (FW) Enzo Martinez, 29 (FW) Dane Kelly