North Carolina FC Enters Open Cup with Visit to Carolina Dynamo

May 16, 2017


CARY, N.C. (May 16, 2017) – North Carolina FC begins its Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup journey with a visit to the Carolina Dynamo of the Premier Development League (PDL) at MacPherson Stadium in Greensboro, N.C., on Wednesday, May 17, at 7 p.m.

NCFC has stood out in the Open Cup since it entered the competition for the first time in 2007. The team’s cup runs have been highlighted by a trip to the semifinals in 2007, the quarterfinals in 2013 and 2014 and six victories over MLS clubs, including back-to-back-to-back wins over the LA Galaxy from 2012-14.

NCFC enters the tournament in good form with four positive results in its last five matches. The club has scored in every match it has played this season and will look to continue that trend against the Dynamo.

The Carolina Dynamo have played twice this season and advanced out of the first round of the cup with a 2-1 victory over Legacy 76 last week. However, the team opened its PDL season with a 4-0 loss to Tobacco Road FC on Saturday.

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The teams have only met once in Open Cup history. NCFC won the 2013 matchup 3-1 with goals from Tiyi Shipalane, Austen King and Zack Schilawski.

The winner of Wednesday’s match will advance to the third round to host the winner of the Charlotte Eagles and the Charlotte Independence. In its nine Open Cup appearances, NCFC has advanced out of the second round six times.

In the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the club defeated the Charlotte Independence 5-0 in the third round and fell 1-0 to the New England Revolution, the tournament’s eventual runner up, in the fourth round.

Last Time Out:
NCFC claimed a 3-1 victory over previously undefeated Jacksonville Armada behind a complete effort from the squad. Lance Laing scored a brace and James Marcelin added his first goal of the NASL season, while Nazmi Albadawi and Billy Schuler provided assists. NCFC’s defense held firm and Brian Sylvestre was brilliant when tested, making three quality saves.

Players to Watch:
#17 Billy Schuler
Schuler is coming off his first start of the season against the Jacksonville Armada and has recorded a goal and an assist in his last two appearances.  He scored against the San Francisco Deltas on May 6 and set up James Marcelin’s equalizer against Jacksonville last Saturday.

#17 Mamadee Nyepon
Nyepon scored the game-winning goal for the Carolina Dynamo in its 2-1 victory over Legacy 76.  He spent time with NCFC in 2015, making two appearances on his first professional contract. In 2014, he led High Point University with 12 goals and two assists during his senior season.

Coming Up Next:
NCFC will resume its NASL season on Saturday, May 20 with a visit to Puerto Rico FC, followed by an away match against the Jacksonville Armada on Sunday, May 28. The team will return home to face the New York Cosmos on Sunday, June 4 at 4 p.m. at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.


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