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Carolina Core FC Falls to Chicago Fire FC II, 2-1 on Matchday 6 of MLS NEXT Pro Season

CCFC defeated by Chicago Fire FC II 2-1 on the road on Matchday 6 of MLS NEXT Pro

Bridgeview, Illinois (April 22, 2024) – Carolina Core FC fell to Chicago Fire FC II on Monday night at SeatGeek Stadium.

Goal-Scoring Plays

CFFC – Javier Casas, 14th Minute: Javier Casas Jr. scores a right-footed shot to the left side of the goal, assisted by David Tchetchao.

CFFC – Harold Osorio, 45+4th Minute: Harold Osorio scored a right-footed shot from the penalty spot.

CCFC – Jacob Evans, 76th Minute: Jacob Evans scores a right footed shot right outside the box following a misplaced pass from CFFC II.

Postgame Notes

CCFC Goalkeeper Andrew Pannenberg makes CCFC league debut

Goalkeeper and Carolina Core FC captain Andrew Pannenberg made his league debut in MLS NEXT Pro for the club in a 2-0 defeat to Chicago Fire FC II. In his league debut, Pannenberg made three total saves, helping to keep CCFC in the game with an opportunity at the end. Pannenberg made his first appearance for the club in the U.S. Open Cup, in a 2-1 comeback victory over USL League 2 opponent Vermont Green FC.

Midfielder Ozzie Cisneros makes CCFC debut

Attacking midfielder Ozzie Cisneros made his debut for the Foxes on Monday night against Chicago Fire FC II. The former Sporting KC homegrown played 19 minutes and had a large role in helping to get CCFC back into the match. Signed by CCFC last week, Cisneros’ 2023 campaign saw the midfielder hit career-highs in appearances (26) goals (three) and assists (two) for a Sporting KC II outfit that reached the MLS NEXT Pro Playoffs.

Jacob Evans scores first goal of the season

Midfield maestro Jacob Evans scored his first goal of the season for Carolina Core FC in the 76th minute of the match. After a giveaway from CFFC II in their defensive third, Evans intercepted the ball and hit a right-footed strike from outside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Evans’ goal gave the Foxes life in the game, bringing the score to 2-1 on the night.


Carolina Core FC — Andrew Pannenberg; Jeremiah White IV (Ozzie Cisneros – 72’), Ibrahim Covi, Kai Thomas, Jathan Juarez (Papa Ndoye – 86’); Facundo Canete, Jacob Evans, Luis Lugo (Christian Diaz – 46’), Derek Cuevas, Yekeson Subah (Kiki Gregoire – 76’); David “Pachittoo” Polanco (Josuha Rodriguez – 72’).

Substitutes not used — Alex Sutton, Jesus Orejuela.

Chicago Fire FC II — Patrick Los; Omari Glasgow, Jaylen Shannon, Diego Konincks (Christopher Cupps – 82’), Lamonth Rochester; Juan Miguel Calle, Harold Osorio (Romain Blake – 82’), Javier Casas (Jason Shokalook –23’) (Sergio Oregel Jr. – 82’), David Poreba; Christian Koffi, David Tchetchao (Giovanni Granda – 52’).

Substitutes not used — Bryan Dowd, Peter Soudan.

Next Game

Carolina Core FC visits Chattanooga FC continuing their start of the season road trip on Saturday, April 27 at Finley Stadium. The match kicks off at 7:00 PM ET on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.

2024 MLS NEXT Pro

Carolina Core FC at Chicago Fire FC II

Monday, April 22, 2024 – Finley Stadium (Bridgeview, IL)

Carolina Core FC record: 0-3-1 (2 points – 15th in East)

Chicago Fire FC II record: 2-0-3 (11 points – 4th in East)

Scoring Summary:

CFFC: Javier Casas (David Tchetchao) – 14’

CFFC: Harold Osorio (p) – 45+4’

CCFC: Jacob Evans – 76’

Misconduct Summary:

CCFC: Facundo Canete (caution) – 19’

CCFC: David “Pachittoo” Polanco (caution) – 31’

CCFC: Jathan Juarez (caution) – 37’

CFFC: Christian Koffi (caution) – 61’

CFFC: Juan Miguel Calle (caution) – 75’

CFFC: Patrick Los (caution) – 89’

CFFC: Romaine Blake (caution) – 90+2’

Referee: Calin Radosav

Assistant Referees: Art Arustamyan, Eric del Rosario

Fourth Official: Igor Bych

Weather: Cloudy, 54 degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial