Sunday, August 31, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Eagles will travel to take on the Montreal Impact Reserves on Monday afternoon at State Saputo. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET as the Eagles look to rebound after a tough 1-0 loss against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Friday night.
Trailing the eighth-placed Wilmington Hammerheads by four points with two games remiaining the Eagles will need all three points to keep their 2014 USL PRO playoff hopes alive.
A Miroslav Cabrilo header in the 76th minute and tough defense were enough for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds to escape Queens Sports Complex with a valuable three points on Friday night. Charlotte had an early chance as a Zak Boggs cross in the sixth minute was deflected out of the path of Fred Sekyere by Pittsburgh goalkeeper Michael Lisch.
Charlotte tested Lisch throughout the evening as the Eagles forced the Riverhounds' goalkeeper to make four saves on nine shots, but they couldn't get anything past the Houston Dynamo loanee.
The Eagles will be without one of their defensive starters as Jonathan Leathers left Friday's contest early with a hamstring issue.
Montreal currently sits in fourth place in the MLS Reserve League standings. The Impact took one victory in their previous three meeings with USL PRO sides this season as they defeated the Harrisburg City Islanders on June 20, Orlando City and the Charleston Battery have both taken victory against the Impact Reserves this season, however, and it will be interesting to see the lineup put out on Monday afternoon by Impact head coach Frank Klopas.
Klopas was in charge of the Chicago Fire last season when they played the Eagles three times. Twice in the MLS-USL PRO reserve matchups and once in the Open Cup. Charlotte emerged with two victories in the reserve matchups while the Fire advanced with a 2-0 win in the Open Cup.
The match on Monday will be streamed, keep up to speed with all of the game details by visiting www.CharlotteEagles.com.