Michael Estrada introduced himself to his new club's supporters with a first-half brace before substitute Ola Kamara added a 65th-minute insurance goal. Bill Hamid added five saves for D.C. However, the Black-and-Red weren't nearly as dominant as the final score indicated.
Charlotte actually matched the hosts with 11 shots and were arguably the better team for the opening 30 minutes before Estrada converted from the penalty spot in the 37th minute.
The visitors also were unlucky not to score their first goal in club history.
- THE BIG PICTURE: This will be a disappointing result for Charlotte, but beyond the final score, the caliber of the performance should give manager Miguel Angel Ramirez plenty to build from toward next weekend's home opener. In expected goals, the visitors trailed only 1.4 to 1.1, with more than half of D.C.'s total coming from Estrada's penalty. Estrada's second – on a wonky deflection from distance – was particularly hard on the visitors.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: The penalty itself came largely against the run of play when referee Victor Rivas judged that Charlotte's Christian Makoun had hammered Estrada in the shin with his boot. The call stood following the second Video Review of the half, but came decidedly against the run of play to that point.