Chelsea found it difficult to go against focused and energized Charlotte FC whereas Christian Pulisic scored on home ground.
Charlotte FC left no chance for Chelsea midfielders:
By securing the USMNT star a fine evening ranked as a No.10, the American turned the match into Chelsea’s only goal at the half-hour mark. In addition, Charlotte FC left no chance for Chelsea midfielders, as Christian Lattanzio, the temporary head coach of the team gave an amazing performance and made it difficult for Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz.
Thomas Tuchel Chelsea’s manager said in an after-match statement that “We were good for 80 meters of the pitch, but were not good enough in the final 20 meters, Today is on us, they showed courage and belief, man-making us one-on-one. Whenever you give the stadium belief like we did anything can happen.”
A 16-year-old Brian Romero, the Charlotte FC academy player won a penalty with the final kick of the game along a Trevoh Chalobah handball. Daniel Rios was seen striking from the spot and extended the scoreline to 1-1. At that point, the game went to a shootout and the winner was needed.
Chelsea headed towards Orlando, FL to confront Arsenal in the club’s final tune-up of the summer:
All five penalty takers of Charlotte FC scored and goalkeeper Pablo Sisniega was used as the third keeper in the match by Charlotte FC who saved a miserable Panenka attempt from Connor Gallagher that showed the difference. Now, Chelsea headed towards Orlando, FL to confront Arsenal in the club’s final tune-up of the summer. The conclusion of the match was as entertaining as the match. The hosts played and matched Chelsea head-on the entire way and absorbed pressure when required. As these pre-seasons friendly matches come as part of a huge series, they got a penalty shootout.
Finally, the hosts got rewarded for their hard work, a 16-year-old Brian Romero of Charlotte FC made an outstanding shot cutting through the penalty area, and Trevoh Chalobah blocked the shot with his arm. It was a clear penalty, and the officials pointed to the spot.