Fresh off their impressive and historic 3-2 win against Austin FC in their MLS debut, St. Louis CITY SC plays host to Charlotte FC in the club’s first-ever home match at their brand-new stadium CITYPARK. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 4. The match will be televised on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV and broadcasted by our radio partners on KYKY Y98.1 FM (English) and KXOK 102.9 FM (Spanish).
The fun starts before the match at 4 p.m. at Lou Fusz Plaza where DJ Mahf will be providing the soundtrack to a festival filled with food, games, fun and activities for the entire family.
In their last match, St. Louis CITY SC came from behind to defeat Austin FC at Q2 stadium. Defender and vice-captain Tim Parker rose above everyone in the 24th minute to head home Eduard Löwen’s corner kick to score the club’s first goal in history. With CITY SC down 2-1, Jared Stroud found himself in the right place at the right time to level the scoreline. St. Louis CITY SC’s forward and Designated Player João Klauss, produced a moment of magic in the 86th minute to score the game-winner off an assist from Niko Gioacchini. CITY SC had nine shots on goal to Austin’s two shot on target and forced six saves from goalkeeper Brad Stuver.
Following matchday one, CITY SC had three team of the matchday honors, with head coach Bradley Carnell, midfielder Löwen and striker Klauss all getting the nod after the club’s first-ever win.
St. Louis native and CITY SC Homegrown player, 17-year-old Miguel Perez was handed his MLS debut by coach Carnell and looked at home in the midfield after completing 29/36 passes, including one key pass, making 3/4 tackles and winning 10/16 duels.
Defender Kyle Hiebert started alongside Tim Parker in the backline, logging 90 minutes, winning five of his eight individual duels, and making three clearances in what was a solid MLS debut for the Canadian native. The defender was one of four players including Perez, Célio Pompeu and Josh Yaro from last season’s St Louis CITY2 team that saw minutes in Austin.
CITY SC’s opponent Charlotte FC fell 1-0 in their season opener against New England Revolution behind an 89th minute goal from New England’s Henry Kessler. Charlotte, who are playing their second-ever season, finished ninth in the Eastern Conference just six-points shy of a playoff spot in the last campaign.
CITY SC will look to become the fourth expansion team in MLS history to win its first two matches, with the other teams achieving such feat being Chicago Fire in 1998, Seattle Sounders in 2009 and most recently LAFC in 2018.