The Blues were held to a 1-1 stalemate after a late penalty was converted by the hosts following a handball by Trevoh Chalobah. Christian Pulisic had fired us in front early on but we were eventually beaten in a shoot-out following Conor Gallagher’s miss.
The Chelsea head coach was left mulling over a mixed night in North Carolina as he felt our final-third play let the result slip away.
‘In general I would say we played a good first half but unfortunately only for 80 metres of the pitch,’ he said.
‘The last 20 metres were not good enough, even in the first half. We found a lot of spaces to accelerate and to penetrate the box but we struggled with our decision-making and precision in the last 20 metres.
‘It was simply not good enough for the effort and quality we showed in the first 80 metres of the pitch. The amount of space we had and the amount of attacks we created, there were simply not enough clear chances or deliveries in the last 20 metres.
On the rebound from Michy Batshuayi’s shot, Christian Pulisic lobs the goalkeeper to score Chelsea’s first goal of the night against Charlotte FC!
— ⭐️ Chels HQ ⭐️ (@Chels_HQ) July 21, 2022
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