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Lance Laing Named NASL Player of the Week

May 15, 2017

CARY, N.C. (May 15, 2017) North Carolina FC midfielder Lance Laing has been named the NASL Player of the Week after a two-goal performance in a 3-1 win over the previously undefeated Jacksonville Armada, the league announced today.

Laing scored his first goal of the night to give NCFC the lead in the 41st minute with a spectacular finish. Nazmi Albdawi found an open Laing who curled a strike over the head of Jacksonville goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell and into the bottom of the far netting. The goal was Laing’s third of the season and propelled the club to a 2-1 halftime lead.

In the 68th minute, Laing capitalized on a whistle in the box after Drew Beckie pulled Laing down. The Jamaican stepped up to the spot and ripped home a penalty kick goal to give NCFC a 3-1 lead.

The brace gives him four goals on the season, which is tied at the top of the NASL scoring list with Indy Eleven forward Justin Braun. In addition to the four goals, Laing has also added two assists.

Laing is having a stellar start to his NCFC career. The 29-year-old midfielder was previously a member of Minnesota United FC where he scored one goal in 19 appearances.

This marks the third North Carolina FC player to be named NASL Player of the Week, as Matt Fondy and Brian Sylvestre both earned the award earlier in the season.  Laing has been named to the NASL Team of the Week in weeks four and five, and earned NASL Week 4 Play of the Week honors.

With a positive result in three of its last four matches, North Carolina FC will look to extend its strong form into its next game – a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup appearance against the Carolina Dynamo on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. ET. The club will resume the NASL Spring Season on Saturday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. with a visit to Puerto Rico FC.

 

NASL Weekly Honors:

Week 1:

NASL Team of the Week – Matt Fondy and Connor Tobin

Week 4:

NASL Player of the Week – Matt Fondy

NASL Team of the Week – Matt Fondy, Connor Tobin, Lance Laing, Nazmi Albadawi, Steven Miller

NASL Play of the Week – Lance Laing; free-kick goal

Week 5:

NASL Player of the Week – Brian Slyvestre

NASL Team of the Week – Lance Laing, Brian Sylvestre

Week 6:

NASL Team of the Week - Brian Sylvestre, Steven Miller

Week 8:

NASL Player of the Week - Lance Laing

 

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