The other player who made a very positive impression in the first half was Oliver McBurnie, the lanky Scottish striker who made several positive runs as well as scoring the opening goal. In the highlight compilations of McBurnie’s goals for previous clubs, most of the goals he scored were from headers, so it was refreshing to see him score one with his foot.
In the second half, Swansea made nine changes with Leroy Fer, Wayne Routledge, new signing Mike van der Hoorn, Mo Barrow and others playing the second 45 minutes.
In the 52nd minute, Swansea doubled the scoreline after Leroy Fer released an inch-perfect pass that led to a cross and then a tap in at the far post by Wayne Routledge.
The standout player for Swansea in the second half was Leroy Fer who commanded the midfield, linking up well with other players when moving forward and creating plenty of chances for the wingers and strikers. His ability to switch the play on the field with his inch-perfect passes kept Charlotte midfielders and defenders on their toes.
In the 71st minute, Routledge got his brace as he used his speed to get past his defender for a one-on-one with the goalkeeper, where he knocked the ball past the approaching keeper and slotted the ball into the back of the net.
Swansea made it 4-0 in the 81st minute after Kenji Gorre scored from a tap in with an assist from Routledge.
Despite being down 4-0, the Charlotte Independence supporters were in good voice, continuing to sing for their team. The supporter groups did Charlotte proud.
At the same time, there was an impressive turnout of Swansea City supporters from across the United States including some that had come from as far away as California, Florida and Pennsylvania to watch their favorite team in-person.
Overall, it was a comfortable outing for Swansea with several younger players gaining confidence while the regular team squad got much-needed game time to prepare for the new season.
Swansea’s next game on their American tour is against Richmond Kickers on Saturday, July 16. Tickets are available from the Kickers website.