Columbus Crew battle Charlotte FC to a draw

Columbus Crew today battled MLS expansion side Charlotte FC to a 0-0 draw in the Breeze Airways™ Carolina Challenge Cup held at Patriots Point in Charleston, South Carolina.

Despite playing a starting XI that featured only one of the starters from Saturday’s match, the Crew managed to keep a clean sheet. New additions Milos Degenek and James Igbekeme saw their first minutes in Black & Gold, with Degenek getting the start alongside Jalil Anibaba, while Igbekeme entered the match as a second-half substitute.

The Crew closes out the Breeze Airways™ Carolina Challenge Cup when it faces the hosts of the tournament – the Charleston Battery - on Friday, February 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Friday’s contest is set to be streamed live on

Columbus Crew: Evan Bush; Justin Malou (Marlon Hairston 61’), Jalil Anibaba, Milos Degenek, Will Sands; Sean Zawadzki (Artur 73’), Aidan Morris (James Igbekeme 61’); Luis Diaz, Alex Matan (Lucas Zelarayan 61’), Derrick Etienne Jr (Yaw Yeboah HT); Gyasi Zardes (Miguel Berry 73’)

Charlotte FC: Kristijan Kahlina; Guzman Corujo, Christian Makou, Jaylin Lindsey, Jordy Alcivar, Joseph Mora, Alan Franco, Chris Hegardt, McKinze Gaines, Titi Ortiz, Yordy Reyna

Misconduct Summary:

CHL – Chris Hagardt (caution) 2’
CHL – Yordy Reyna (caution) 31’
CHL – Titi Ortiz (caution) 31’
CHL – Alan Franco (caution 42’)
CLB – Marlon Hairston (caution) 82’

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