Charlotte FC: A particularly special opening match for Jaylin Lindsey

Emotions will run high for the members of Charlotte FC when they take to the field at Bank of America Stadium for their first-ever home game on Saturday against the Los Angeles Galaxy. They will be even more so for defender Jaylin Lindsey, a native of the region.

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“I’m from the area and knowing that my parents, friends and family will be in the stands, it will be a surreal moment,” Lindsey said on his team’s website. The first time we come out of the tunnel before the game, I’m sure the crowd will be super loud and it will be one of the most memorable moments of my life. More than 70,000 people will support us the whole game, we are excited to have this support.

“It’s something I’ve worked hard for for a long time,” added the fullback. I grew up watching games at Bank of America Stadium and now that I’m going to play there, I feel ready.”

The youngest team in Major League Soccer (MLS) will have quite the challenge on their hands for their first home game, with the Galaxy, even if the California formation no longer represent the same force as they once did. The City of Angels organization has missed the MLS playoffs four times in its last five years.

“What a great way to open Bank of America Stadium,” said Lindsey. The Galaxy has a rich history and counts on several good players who leave Europe to settle there. […] It’s still an excellent team that is reaping good results throughout the season.

“We are ready for the challenge, we know it will be a tough match. But we show up knowing very well that we will have the fans to encourage us and we will play on the national network.

Positive and proud despite the defeat

The expansion team’s first-ever game in MLS didn’t go exactly to plan, losing 3-0 to DC United on Saturday.

Despite the crushing loss, Charlotte FC head coach Miguel Ramirez and the players were happy with their performance.

“I would have liked a final score more representative of reality, had admitted Ramirez, at the end of this first duel. The first part of the first half, as well as most of the second half, I enjoyed the game a lot and I felt proud of what I saw, especially considering that it was our debut.

“We know we are a good group, added Christian Fuchs, who wore the captain’s banner. We have enough quality to be a good competitive team, that’s our main goal. We’ve had some glimpses of our potential, but we still have a lot to learn, so we’ll have to be patient.”


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