Charlotte Independence (USL) 2, Charlotte Eagles (PDL) 0
In the first-ever Queen City Derby, the professionals got on the board first as Chris Hellman slammed home a rebound to give the Independence a 1-0 lead in the 44th minute. The USL side doubled its lead on the other side of halftime when Jack Metcalf’s cross picked out Caleb Calvert who saw his shot initially saved by Will Pyle before veteran midfielder Jorge Herrera buried the rebound in the 50th minute. The two goals paced the Independence to a steady 2-0 victory against their city rivals and set up a Third Round date at the Carolina RailHawks on Wednesday, June 1.
Charlotte Independence (USL) at Charlotte Eagles (PDL)
Time/Location: 7 p.m. ET; Charlotte Christian School; Charlotte, N.C.
Charlotte Independence Previous Appearances (Best Finish): Second appearance (Round of 16: 2015)
Charlotte Eagles Previous Appearances (Best Finish): 13 appearances (Quarterfinals: 2012)
- The Charlotte Independence make their second U.S. Open Cup appearance after their Round of 16 run won the club the $10,000 prize as the furthest advancing Division III team in the 2015 tournament.
- On that run, the Independence downed Upward Stars 4-1 (second round), Carolina RailHawks 1-0 (third round) and New England Revolution 1-0 (fourth round), before succumbing 3-1 to the Chicago Fire in the Round of 16.
- Nine games into the USL season, the Independence are 5-2-2, good enough for third place in the league’s Eastern Conference.
- The Charlotte Eagles punched their second round ticket thanks to a 3-2 extra time victory against the Myrtle Beach Mutiny in first round play on May 11. Dani Siaj scored two goals in the match before Marco Micaletto tallied the decisive extra time goal.
- The Eagles qualified for the tournament after winning the PDL’s South Atlantic Division championship with a 10-0-4 record in 2015.