Friday, March 24, 2023

MLS Preview: New England Revolution (0-0-0) at Charlotte FC (0-0-0)

During the 2022 season, Charlotte FC and New England won at home against each other, with Charlotte winning 3-1 at Bank of America Stadium in March. Charlotte became the third expansion team since Portland in 2011 and Orlando in 2015 to defeat Bruce Arena with that victory.

Charlotte FC finished the expansion season with 42 points, slightly better than the average of 1.14 points per match for the expansion. In 2017, Atlanta United was the only expansion team in the post-shootout era (since 2000) to win more home games than Charlotte did.

After scoring a MLS-record 73 points in 2021, New England fell out of the playoffs with just 42 points in 2022, a 31-point drop. There have only been three larger point drops from year to year in league history, with the most recent occurring in Toronto (-33 points) between 2017 and 2018.

Last season, Charlotte FC’s Karol Swiderski scored a team-high ten goals, the first two of which came in a victory over New England in March. Swiderski scored in six of Charlotte FC’s seven matches last season (L1), but they only won seven of the remaining 27 (D3 L17).

The Revolution have not won any of their first nine games of the season, the second-longest active streak in Major League Soccer behind only the Fire’s (13 straight) current streak. In fact, New England’s previous season-opening victory over the Fire was a 1-0 victory in 2013.

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