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Charlotte Independence V Memphis 901: Match Preview

September 1, 2020 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Charlotte Independence News Release

CHARLOTTE - The Charlotte Independence face Memphis 901 FC at AutoZone Park on Wednesday, September 2 at 8 p.m. ET and broadcast live on ESPN+. The meeting will be the third of four matchups this season for the Group G opponents.

Jeffries' side will be looking to bounce back after dropping points at the Sportsplex at Matthews on Saturday in a 4-1 loss to Birmingham Legion FC. The Jacks currently sit in second place in the Group G standings, five points clear of North Carolina FC.

"Memphis on the road will be a difficult game," said Independence head coach Mike Jeffries. "After our loss to Birmingham Legion FC, the challenge for us will be trying to get physically back in it and back to the basics of how we want to defend."

In their last match, Tim Mulqueen's side picked up a point with a 2-2 tie against Group G-leading Legion FC at BBVA Compass in Birmingham. Memphis currently sit in fourth place in the Group G standings, six points behind the Jacks.

LAST TIME OUT: The Independence fell 4-1 to Birmingham Legion FC at the Sportsplex at Matthews in its ninth match of the 2020 USL Championship season.

LAST TIME THEY MET: The Charlotte Independence moved into second place in the USL Championship, Group G standings after defeating Memphis 901 FC 3-2 at the Sportsplex at Matthews on Saturday, August 15.

Dane Kelly continued his scorching form with another goal, while Enzo Martinez scored the equalizer and Luke Haakenson tallied the game-winning goal to give the Jacks three points at home for the first time this season. Joel Johnson added two assists, including Haakenson's game-winner.

STATISTICAL SNAPSHOT

Independence

Leading Scorer(s): Dane Kelly (5)

Assist Leader(s): Joel Johnson (2)

Goals Per Game: 1.44

Saves Per Game: 4.66

Goals Against Average: 1.9

Shots on Target Per Game: 4.55

Memphis 901 FC

Leading Scorer(s): Brandon Allen (3)

Assist Leader(s): Mark Segbers (2)

Goals Per Game: 1.37

Saves Per Game: 2.37

Goals Against Average: 2.1

Shots on Target Per Game: 3.87

SERIES HISTORY (W-L-D)

Independence Record vs. Memphis 901 FC: (3-0-1)

Independence Home Record vs. Memphis 901 FC: (2-0-0)

Independence Away Record vs. Memphis 901 FC: (1-0-1)

2020 CHARLOTTE INDEPENDENCE USL CHAMPIONSHIP ROSTER BY POSITION

GOALKEEPERS: Lucas Hatsios, Brandon Miller, Austin Pack

DEFENDERS: Owen Barber, Clay Dimick, Shalom Dutey, Duke Lacroix, Aaron Maund, Dylan Mitchiner, Joel Johnson, Hugh Roberts, Joey Skinner

MIDFIELDERS: Jake Areman, Junior Etou, Derek Gebhard, Kevan George, Luke Haakenson, Rey Ortiz, Valentin Sabella, Oscar Ramsay

FORWARDS: Christian Chaney, Enzo Martinez, Tresor Mbuyu, Dane Kelly, Guido Valada

2020 MEMPHIS 901 FC USL CHAMPIONSHIP ROSTER BY POSITION

GOALKEEPERS: Jim Barkei, Jimmy Hague, Tim Howard

DEFENDERS: Rece Buckmaster, Marc Burch, Zach Carroll, Liam Doyle, Triston Hodge, Jackson Morse, Mark Segbers

MIDFIELDERS: Jose Baxter, Raul Gonzalez, Jean-Christophe Koffi, Rafael Mentzingen, Dan Metzger, Duane Muckette, Leston Paul, Michael Reed

FORWARDS: Brandon Allen, Pierre Da Silva, Matt Hundley, Cal Jennings, Keanu Marsh-Brown

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

- Seven players have scored for the Independence in the 2020 USL Championship: Dane Kelly (5), Luke Haakenson, Enzo Martinez (2), Jake Areman, Derek Gebhard, Rey Ortiz, Valentin Sabella (1)

- Joel Johnson leads the Jacks in assists, (2).

- Seven players have recorded at least one assist for the Independence this year: Johnson (2), Areman, Haakenson, Kelly, Martinez, Sabella, Aaron Maund, (1)

- Five players have recorded a goal and an assist for the Jacks this season: Areman, Haakenson, Martinez, Kelly, Sabella

- With an appearance against Memphis 901 FC Wednesday night, Independence forward Dane Kelly can reach 200 career USL appearances.

- Kelly became the first player in USL Championship history to score 80 career league goals. Kelly, who scored his 80th USL goal in a 1-1 draw against Legion FC, leads the Jacks in goals this season with four.

- Independence goalkeeper Brandon Miller's 42 saves is ranked first in the USL Championship Eastern Conference this season.

- Against The Miami FC, Miller became only the second goalkeeper to post two outings this season with 8+ saves. Miller recorded eight saves against Miami having previously recorded nine saves against Sporting Kansas City II on March 8 to start the season.

- Independence defender Hugh Roberts can reach 12,500 regular-season minutes if he plays 3 minutes in Wednesday's match against Memphis 901 FC.

- Martinez, Miller, Roberts, and Duke Lacroix are the only players to play all 810 minutes for the Jacks this season thus far.


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