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Adam Armour reacts to scoring first goal in Charlotte FC history

Lizzy Becherano
Adam Armour celebrates his goal
Adam Armour celebrates his goal / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Armour made history when scoring Charlotte FC’s first ever Major League Soccer goal on Sunday against Atlanta United. 

The defender stepped up during a corner kick, timing his jump perfectly to meet Ben Bender’s delivery before heading the ball into the lower left corner. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan made the dive, but there was no stopping that goal. 

“Everyone loves to score goals but it being the first one in history is an amazing feeling. I’m used to being the guy that stays back on corners to prevent a counterattack, but before I went in Charlotte FC head coach Miguel Angel Ramirez told me to be in the box and run from the penalty spot,” the North Carolina native said after the game. 

“I knew Ben Bender had good service. I started at the penalty spot and found that I was pretty unmarked, so tried to put my head on it and put it somewhere towards goal.”

Armour came off the bench in the 46th minute, as head coach Miguel Angel Ramirez opted for the young defender over midfielder Christian Ortiz. It was a change of pace for the defender, however, who failed to even make the roster in Charlotte’s home opener against the LA Galaxy.  

“It was tough, especially in a massive game like last weekend at home with the record attendance, but I knew my opportunity would come. I kind of used that frustration to help do my thing in this game. It was a great feeling,” he admitted.

Armour first signed with the expansion team in June 2021, joining on a two-and-a-half-year contract with a one-year option. He previously played with the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team, featuring in the 2019 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Brazil and the 2019 Concacaf Under-17 Championship.