North Carolina FC’s long awaited international exhibition against Atlas FC of Liga MX of Mexico is nearly here. The 9th Annual Hyatt Place Southpoint Community Shield Match is set to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park on March 22.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game presented by Summit Hospitality, a longtime NCFC partner:
When is the game: Wednesday, March 22
At what time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Where is it going to be played: WakeMed Soccer Park
Open practice: An open practice will be held on Tuesday, March 21 from 11-12:30 p.m. Fans can gain entry to the practice with their March 22 game ticket.
Ticketing and entry: Season Ticket Holders need to use Game A tickets to gain entry to the game. Fans can still purchase tickets at www.NorthCarolinaFC.com/Atlas.
Parking information: Parking at WakeMed Soccer Park will be $10 per car, except for Season Ticket Holders and those who have purchased parking passes already. The organization advises fans to leave plenty of time to arrive to the game on time, as a high volume of traffic is anticipated.
The matchup: Atlas FC will be taking on a North Carolina FC team that saw Nazmi Albadawi set a modern-era NASL record with the most assists in a single season with 10.
2016 also brought the takeover of goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre, who assumed the role of the club’s starting goalkeeper. Sylvestre was nominated for the NASL’s league wide “NASL Young Player of the Year” award after posting five clean sheets and maintaining a 1.06 GAA.
The club has been busy in the off season, bringing in key names like Alex Molano, Lance Laing, Marcel Kandziora, Christian Ibeagha and others. Molano, a 24-year-old midfielder, led the team in preseason goals, while Laing is the first player in NASL history to be named to the NASL’s Best XI three separate seasons.
As for Atlas FC, the club currently sits at 10th place in the ultra-competitive Liga MX standings. Martin Barragán and Gustavo Matías Alustiza are currently sharing the title as the club’s leading goal scorers, with three goals each. The pair scores at a quick clip, with less than 200 minutes as the average in between goals.