August 21, 2017 USL Toronto FC II--Charlotte Independence vs Toronto FC II game preview (from

Know your opponent: Charlotte Independence
August 21, 2017
5:16PM EDT
Adam Krueger

For the second time this month the Young Reds are poised to take on a first place Charlotte Independence, 
this time on the road. Here is everything you need to know about the Jacks.

2017 Season

The Independence are enjoying a great 2017 season. They currently sit in first place in the 
Eastern Conference with a 12-4-8 record. Charlotte boasts a +17 goal differential. The Independence 
have the 3rd highest scoring offense in the USL with 45 goals. The team rode a 12 game unbeaten streak 
from early June till mid-august.

Current Form 
Draw vs. Orlando City B (1-1)
Win vs. Bethlehem Steel FC (1-0)
Loss at Ottawa Fury FC (3-1)
Draw at Toronto FC II (2-2)
Win vs. Louisville City (3-1)

Last time we met
August 9th 2017. It was a theatrical affair at BMO Field. A 10-men Independence looked to have stolen 
three points from the home Reds before Jordan Hamilton curled home a dramatic equalizer.

Key Player: Enzo Martinez

The forward was suspended for the last match between the two clubs. The former first round 
SuperDraft pick by Real Salt Lake is in his third season with the Independence. Martinez is currently 
fourth in the league scoring with 13 goals. The former North Carolina Tar Heel has chipped 
in five assists.

Unsung Hero: Jun Marques Davidson

The former Vancouver Whitecap is having a solid season in a defensive midfield role for the 
Independence. The native of Tokyo, Japan is in his second season with the Independence after 
spending time in the J1 and J2 leagues. Davidson made 50 MLS appearances for the ‘Caps between 
2012-2013. Davidson currently leads the Independence in passes completed with 1256 at a 90.5% 
completion rating. He has chipped in one assist.

Projected Lineup:

The Independence have trotted out in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Davidson and Callum Ross man the d-mid 
spots with three midfielders ahead of them. The Independence plays with a lone striker which 
will most likely be Martinez.

As always you can catch all of Saturday’s action, live on Kickoff is set for 7:00 PM 
in Charlotte. 

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