Kerwin Vargas, Kristijan Kahlina lead Charlotte to 1-0 victory over DC United

D.C. United head coach Troy Lesesne watches during the first half of an MLS soccer match against Inter Miami, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)(AP/Lynne Sladky)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kerwin Vargas scored during first-half stoppage time and Kristijan Kahlina made it stand up for Charlotte FC in a 1-0 victory over D.C. United on Saturday night.

Charlotte (8-6-4) waited until the seventh minute of stoppage time to take a halftime lead. Vargas used an assist from defender Jere Uronen to score for a third time this season.

Kahlina finished with one save to earn his league-leading eighth clean sheet of the season for Charlotte.

Alex Bono stopped one shot for DC United (4-7-7), which saw its winless streak reach six.

The two clubs split a pair of matches last season with both winning at home. DC United is winless in three all-time trips to Charlotte.

Charlotte and Kahlina did not allow a goal in a five-match unbeaten streak before losing to the New York Red Bulls. The club bounced back to beat Atlanta United 3-2 behind Liel Abada’s two-goal effort its last time out.

DC United returns home to play Atlanta United on Wednesday. Charlotte will host Orlando City on Wednesday.


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