Charlotte FC 1-0 Inter Miami player ratings: Home team hang on to reach playoffs for first time

Charlotte FC 1-0 Inter Miami player ratings – it was a must win game for The Crown, playing in front of over 60,000 fans in Queen City. However, a certain Lionel Messi was aiming to spoil the party in his first MLS in just over a month.

It was a totally different game to Wednesday night, Christian Lattanzio had his team sit deep and allow Inter Miami more possession. The home side went ahead, when Colombian winger Kerwin Vargas notched his second goal in as many games to get fans on their feet.

A tactical switch at halftime saw Diego Gómez and Benjamin Cremaschi operate better, but the travelling team still couldn’t find a break through. In a frantic finale Charlotte FC managed to hold on, Kahlina avoiding a late equaliser which had scuppered their chances in South Florida.

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Charlotte FC 1-0 Inter Miami Player Ratings

Match Timeline

2′ – Campana turns it in the net but Benjamin Cremaschi was just offside before he played the cross

4′ – Ashley Westwood seemed inspired by England vs Springboks, booked for hauling down Gregore

13′ – (Goal) Kerwin Vargas torments Inter Miami again like on Wednesday, cute left foot shot into side netting

18′ – Gregore in the book for a trip on Copetti

24′ – Late lunge on Diego Gómez earns Adilson Malanda a yellow card

45+2′ – Privett’s potshot is saved, Campana has a go at the other end from distance as halftime approaches

49′ – Lionel Messi zips onto Gómez’s through ball and scoops it over Kahlina, but flagged offside

62′ – Messi smashes a freekick from a tight angle, pushed onto the bar

72′ – CJ dos Santos keeps the visitors in it, save from Świderski

90′ – Kahlina with a stunning fingertip save from Campana’s header

92′  – Confusion in the Charlotte penalty area as Arroyo and Robinson can’t equalise

Kristijan Kahlina is the star man in Charlotte FC 1-0 Inter Miami player ratings
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Star Man – Kristijan Kahlina – 8/10

The Croatian goalkeeper didn’t have much to do until the final stages of the match, but when he was called upon he made the defining saves.

Charlotte FC have thrown away more late goals than any other team in the MLS, and that seemed to play on everybody’s mind except for the stopper.

Kahlina’s fantastic fingertip save from Campana was followed up by a nearpost block with the foot, and then a final save inside the box to deny the away team.

Charlotte FC Player Ratings

Kristijan Kahlina 8/10 – made it count when it mattered, four saves in the match

Nathan Byrne  7/10 – important tackles, won his duels

Adilson Malanda  6.5/10 – improved on last game, good ball progression

Andrew Privett 6.5/10 – great passing, untroubled

Jere Uronen 7/10 – Outstanding on left, teaming up with Vargas

Brandt Bronico 7/10 – Unstoppable energy

Ashley Westwood 7/10 – Premier League pedigree showed through

Kerwin Vargas – 7.5/10 – had Yedlin’s number again, important goal

Kamil Józwiak 7/10 – one assist, good penetration down right flank

Karol Świderski 7/10 – built on from substitute appearance in last game

Enzo Copetti 7/10 – plenty of hustle and bustle


Justin Meram 6/10 – filled in well

Brecht Dejaegere 6.5/10 – didn’t miss a pass

Scott Arfield – N/A

Derrick Jones – N/A

Karol Swiderski helped Charlotte FC to the playoffs for the first time
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Inter Miami Player Ratings

CJ dos Santos 6/10 – nervy debut, but big save in second half

DeAndre Yedlin 6/10 – tough evening again, will benefit from rest

Tomás Avilés 6/10 – fought hard with Copetti

Kamal Miller 6/10 – strange positioning, looked uncomfortable on ground but strong in air

Noah Allen 6.5/10 – stuck to task well

Gregore 6.5/10 – improved from Wednesday

Sergio Busquets 7.5/10 – key man in recycling the ball, excellent in recovering it too

Diego Gómez 6/10 – good touches in unfamiliar role, missed good chance

Benjamin Cremaschi 6/10 – off the pace

Lionel Messi 7/10 – didn’t have enough magic dust left to pull off a comeback win

Leonardo Campana  6.5/10 – good hold up play


Jordi Alba 6.5/10 – Immediate impact, great cross to Campana

Robbie Robinson N/A

Dixon Arroyo N/A

Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba couldn't guide Inter Miami to a win in Charlotte
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Charlotte FC 1-0 Inter Miami Player Ratings: The final word

The hosts played their role in the Eastern Conference Decision Day drama, by winning the final game of the season. Results in the rest of the division went their way, and they made the Playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

It was well-deserved after Ashley Westwood and Brandt Bronico outplayed Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami, in an excellent display. How far can The Crown go? Much will depend on the form of South American stars Enzo Copetti and Kerwin Vargas who shined tonight.

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