- Álvaro Barreal (45'+1')
- Aaron-Salem Boupendza (50')
- Luciano Acosta (78')
Álvaro Barreal's right-footed free kick found the top right corner of the goal in the opening minute of first-half stoppage time, and Aaron Boupendza doubled the home team's advantage by depositing a score five minutes into the second half.
Andrew Privett's header in the third minute missed to the left, wasting a solid opportunity for Charlotte FC (7-10-12, 33 points) to go in front.
FC Cincinnati's Boupendza went wide on a header two minutes after that, then set Acosta up for a shot on target in the 16th minute.
Charlotte FC's Kristijan Kahlina had a pair of saves about five minutes apart in the first half, keeping the match scoreless.
FC Cincinnati (18-4-8, 62 points), MLS' Eastern Conference leader, got their first victory since downing Atlanta United 2-1 on Aug. 30. They lost once and drew twice in the three matches since.
Conversely, the defeat damages Charlotte FC's postseason hopes. The visitors entered the matchup outside the playoff picture and have now gone 0-1-4 in their past five contests.
Charlotte FC didn't manage a shot on goal in the match and were outshot in total by FC Cincinnati 20-9. Charlotte FC had more chances on corner kicks, 6-3.
- Jair Marrufo
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