Jim McGuinness has finally enjoyed a win with Charlotte Independence in America's United Soccer League- at the sixth attempt.

Last week the former All-Ireland winning manager watched his side chalk up a 2-1 success against Bethlehem Steel in the Eastern Conference

In his post-match press conference, McGuinness said: "I'm proud of them. We're relieved to get the result. There are no short-cuts, you have got to work for everything. You have to fight and they did that, and they got the rewards.

Charlotte led 1-0 at the break with on-loan from Celtic defender Andrew Gutman poking the ball home at the far post following a free.

His side doubled their lead through veteran Columbian Jorge Herrera (38), the longest serving player with the club.

The visitors pulled one back through Jamaican Chavany Willis late on but McGuinness side held out for victory.

Incidentally, the last of the Bethlehem substitutes was 32-year-old Dubliner, James Chambers, who played with five League of Ireland clubs (he played against Finn Harps and Sligo Rovers several times) before joining the American side in 2016 from St. Patrick’s Athletic.

However, since that win, Charlotte have been in action again and lost 3-0 at home to rivals North Carolina FC.

And they currently sit third bottom in the 18 team league, with four points from seven games.
Incidentally, the attendance at the North Carolina game was 1,569.

Next up for McGuinness's man is a trip to take on Tampa Bay Rowdies.

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