Charlotte Independence won a franchise-record sixth game in a row on Saturday, defeating defending USL champions New York Red Bulls II, and now sit second in the Eastern Conference.
The Rapids’ USL affiliate triumphed 3-2 at MSU Soccer Park, but were made to sweat in the latter stages, having led 3-0 before conceding twice in the final eight minutes of the match.
Jorge Herrera and Enzo Martinez were among the scorers, either side of a Hassan Ndam own goal. Red Bulls II struck through David Najem and Junior Flemmings.
Victory lifted the Independence above Louisville City in the standings. They lie on 31 points from 16 games (9-3-4), and are only four points behind Charleston Battery (10-3-5), with two games in hand.
Charlotte could close the gap further on Charleston when they travel to Harrisburg City Islanders on Tuesday night, kickoff 7:00 p.m. ET. It was against the Islanders back on June 17 that the Independence began their record-setting run of six wins in a row. Harrisburg edged bottom side Richmond Kickers on Saturday, 1-0.
The next home game for the Independence is on Wednesday, July 26, when they host the Kickers. That match at Sportsplex at Matthews is also a 7:00 p.m. ET start.