Charlotte FC lose to record crowd
Major League Soccer expansion team Charlotte FC made their highly anticipated debut at Bank of America Stadium on Saturday in front of a record crowd of 74,479. The Los Angeles Galaxy were the visitor for the occasion and spoiled the party by winning 1-0.
The previous mark was established during a match between Atlanta United FC and the same Galaxy, when 72,548 fans passed through the turnstiles of Mercedes-Benz Stadium on August 3, 2019.
The team representing both Carolinas ended the hegemony of Atlanta, which had drawn the 10 largest regular-season crowds in Garber Tour history.
However, it was a little less successful on the pitch for Charlotte, who was cleared in her first two duels. The Galaxy were more dangerous than the local favorites by firing 21 shots, six of which were on target for Kristijan Kahlina.
Efrain Alvarez, who came on in the 70th minute, was the only scorer of the game seven minutes later. The 19-year-old Mexican scored with a superb off-center shot, at the edge of the box.
Coincidentally, Charlotte FC will now travel to Georgia to face Atlanta United, who were beaten 3-0 by the Colorado Rapids earlier in the day.