Match Preview: North Carolina FC Returns Home to Take On FC Edmonton on Saturday
NORTH CAROLINA FC v FC EDMONTON
KICKOFF: SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2017 – 7:30 P.M. ET
SAHLEN'S STADIUM AT WAKEMED SOCCER PARK
TV: WRAL2, SPECTRUM SPORTSCHANNEL, ESPN3
RADIO: 95.7 THE TICKET (95.7 FM and 1550 AM)
LIVE UPDATES: @NORTHCAROLINAFC #NCFCvFCE
North Carolina FC is ready to continue the 2017 NASL season and their championship push against FC Edmonton in Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. match. The game serves as NCFC’s second match in front of the NCFC faithful. The club is currently unbeaten at home in 2017, which is something they are no stranger to, as NCFC went unbeaten at home for a large portion of the 2016 NASL Fall Season.
Matt Fondy and Tiyi Shipalane have provided the club its first two goals of 2017, with Fondy’s tally coming in the club’s March 25 1-1 home opening draw against Miami FC, and Shipalane’s goal coming in the club’s most recent match against the San Francisco Deltas. Both players have been consistent offensive forces for NCFC in the past, and look to be picking up right where they left off.
FC Edmonton is matching up with NCFC for the first time this season, and most recently played to an April 8 1-0 loss against the Jacksonville Armada. Last year, NCFC and Edmonton played in three tight, competitive matches that all ended in a 1-0 result.
Last Time Out:
North Carolina FC is coming off their first loss of the season, a 3-1 result against the San Francisco Deltas. NCFC’s lone goal came in the 23rd minute, as the away team struck first, with a tally from Tiyi Shipalane.
Though North Carolina continued to have chances, it was San Francisco that struck next, with an equalizer coming from Tommy Heinemann in the last few minutes of the first half. Despite increased pressure from NCFC after the return, the Deltas scored two goals in the second half, with a Pablo Dyego goal in the 82nd minute and another Heinemann goal in the 90th.
Players to watch
#11 Tiyi Shipalane
Tiyi Shipalane is coming off his first goal of 2017 with his tally against the San Francisco Deltas. The South African is playing in his sixth season with the club and has been deemed the “human highlight reel” for his 24 goals with NCFC, so far. In 2015, the midfielder had nine assists, putting him at the top of the League’s assist table. He has become a staple to the organization and has remained a fan favorite in his years with the team.
#6 Nik Ledgerwood
Nik Ledgerwood, the new captain of FC Edmonton and a staple of the midfield, played his first season with the club last year, as he made 29 regular season appearances. A consistent player for Canada on the international level, the Alberta native has made 49 appearances for the senior team. Last season, Ledgerwood had two goals and 25 shots in his 29 appearances.
Coming Up Next:
North Carolina FC next plays at Riccardo Silva Stadium for an April 22 7:30 p.m. match against Miami FC. The club then travels to Puerto Rico, before returning home on Saturday, May 6 as the club hosts the San Francisco Deltas at 7:30 P.M. at Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park. For tickets and information please visit NCFCTix.com