Charlotte FC midfielder Alan Franco (left) and head coach Miguel Ángel Ramírez celebrate after the club's first win in franchise history. Photo: Andy Weber/Axios
Charlotte FC’s first win, a 3-1 thriller against New England Revolution, was special for 29,318 fans who gathered at Bank of America Stadium. But for one little boy, it was practically fate.
For 6-year-old Jack Horne, it was his first Charlotte FC match.
John Horne, his dad, told me it was fitting it was against New England, because the day Jack was born was the last time a club from Charlotte beat the Revolution.
“How fitting would it be if they won tonight,” John told me.
Jack Horne celebrating Charlotte FC’s historic night. Photo courtesy of John Horne
Flashback: Jack was born on June 17, 2015, the same day Charlotte’s minor league soccer team played the Revolution in a historic tournament called the U.S. Open Cup.
What’s next: Jack had a blast watching striker Karol Świderski score twice and rookie midfielder Ben Bender score his first professional goal. Now he’s trying to convenience his parents to get season tickets.
Jack and John Horne celebrate Charlotte FC’s first win. Photo courtesy of John Horne
Relive the night in photos.
Adam Decker sang the first few lines of the national anthem before cuing the crowd to take over, just like they did on March 5 when Michelle Brooks-Thompson’s mic cutout. Photo: Andy Weber/Axios
Striker Karol Świderski scores Charlotte FC’s first goal at Bank of America Stadium in the sixth minute. Photo: Andy Weber/Axios
Things got heated in the 29th minute. Photo: Andy Weber/Axios
Karol Świderski scores is second goal, putting Charlotte up 2-1 three minutes after New England scored a penalty kick. Photo: Andy Weber Axios
Ben Bender scores his first professional goal in the 64th minute. The rookie’s night finished with a goal and an assist. Photo: Andy Weber/Axios
Photo: Andy Weber/Axios
Defenders Adam Armour (left) and Guzman Corujo celebrate the win. Photo: Andy Weber/Axios
Charlotte FC head coach Miguel Ángel Ramírez takes selfies with fans after the match. Photo: Andy Weber/Axios
Charlotte FC head coach Miguel Ángel Ramírez embraces Sombrero Man, Hector Cortes after the win. Photo: Andy Weber/Axios
Goalkeeper Kristijan Kahlina, who has been key for Charlotte, celebrates their first victory. Photo: Andy Weber/Axios