Red Bulls face playoff debutant Charlotte FC in wild-card showdown

The New York Red Bulls and Charlotte FC both earned dramatic victories to earn their place in the Eastern Conference wild-card match. Now they will have to regroup quickly for their single-elimination clash Wednesday night in Harrison, N.J. The Red Bulls (11-13-10, 43 points) will host after they needed John Tolkin’s penalty kick deep in stoppage time to secure a 1-0 victory at Nashville SC and the No. 8 seed in the East, ahead of

Inter Miami’s Lionel Messi out to silence Charlotte’s playoff hopes

Lionel Messi won’t be competing in the MLS Cup Playoffs, but he could play spoiler on Saturday evening when Inter Miami visits Charlotte FC in both teams’ regular-season finale. A leg ailment had limited Messi to only two appearances — and 72 total minutes played — for Miami (9-17-7, 34 points) since Labor Day. And by the time he was able to contribute again, his insertion as a second-half substitute ended in a 1-0 home

Charlotte FC hunting for critical points at Inter Miami

Charlotte FC still control their playoff destiny heading into back-to-back games against already-eliminated Inter Miami to finish the regular season, beginning Wednesday night in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Charlotte (9-11-12, 39 points) begins the night one point beneath the playoff line with a game in hand on all the remaining contenders for the eighth and ninth Eastern Conference playoff spots, and could move into eighth with a victory. After playing to a 1-5-9 record over a

Fire, Charlotte FC both angling for Eastern playoff bid

While the Chicago Fire attempt to remain in playoff position, Charlotte FC are doing all they can to keep their postseason hopes alive. The Fire eye a third straight victory on Saturday night against visiting Charlotte, which tries to win back-to-back matches for the first time in more than four months. Aiming for its first postseason appearance since 2017, Chicago (10-12-10, 40 points) snapped an 0-5-2 rut with last weekend’s 1-0 win at the New

Charlotte meets Toronto in battle of Eastern Conference bottom-feeders

Toronto FC and Charlotte FC have lots in common as October arrives on the MLS schedule. Not much of it is good, as they’re the two teams at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. That’s the background for the meeting between the teams Wednesday night in Charlotte. Charlotte (7-11-12, 33 points) could use some positive vibes, particularly after Saturday night’s frustrating loss at New England. “We have four more games that we have to