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North Carolina FC Heads to Puerto Rico for Away Match

May 19, 2017
North Carolina FC Heads to
Puerto Rico for Away Match

 
MATCHDAY INFO:
PUERTO RICO FC vs NORTH CAROLINA FC
KICKOFF: SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017 – 7:30 P.M. ET
ESATDIO JUAN RAMON LOUBRIEL
 
BROADCAST INFO:
DIGITAL: ESPN3
LIVE UPDATES: @NORTHCAROLINAFC #NCFCVJAX
 
CARY, N.C. (May 19, 2017) – After a win over the previously undefeated Jacksonville Armada, North Carolina FC (3W-2D-2L, 11 pts, 4th place) looks to carry over a strong start to the NASL Spring Season with its second trip to Puerto Rico FC (0W-3D-4L; 3 pts, 8th place) on Saturday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel.

The two clubs continue to prove their abilities on the offensive side of the ball, as NCFC’s 11 scores and Puerto Rico’s nine goals put them both in the upper-half of the NASL for goals scored this spring. NCFC has its eye on the top of the table as one of four teams separated by just three points.  PRFC is still searching for its first win of the season, recording just three points in the first seven games.

NCFC won the first meeting between the two teams 1-0 earlier in the season.  Steven Miller scored a first-half goal off an assist from Lance Laing to ensure the victory. Brian Sylvestre was spectacular in goal with five saves as he earned his first clean sheet of the year.

The NCFC offense has scored nine times in its last two matches, including six goals in a win against the Carolina Dynamo in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday. Laing is tied at the top of the NASL goal-scoring lists with four goals this season, while Matt Fondy has struck twice during the NASL season so far.

Brian Sylvestre looks to continue his good form between the posts. The goalkeeper is alone at the top of the league with 29 saves. Connor Tobin and Christian Ibeagha, who have started every match as the team’s center back duo, will anchor NCFC’s backline.

Last Time Out:
North Carolina FC recorded a 3-1 win against previously undefeated Jacksonville Armada last weekend.  Laing’s brace propelled NCFC to the victory along with James Marcelin’s first goal of the season. In Open Cup action, NCFC routed the Carolina Dynamo with a 6-1 win to advance to third round.

Players to Watch:
#7 Lance Laing
Laing is coming off his first multi-goal game since 2015 and is currently tied for most goals scored in the NASL with four.  His play earned him NASL Player of the Week honors as well as a spot on NASL’s Week 8 Team of the Week.  NCFC looks to Laing to be a scoring threat to help neutralize a dangerous PRFC attack, whose nine goals are fourth best in the NASL.

#12 Emery Welshman
Welshman is currently on a scoring streak, with goals in each of his last two appearances.  He is one of 12 players in the NASL tied for third in goals scored with two.  The 25-year-old is coming off of his first two starts of the season and will be an added threat to an already strong PRFC offensive unit.

Coming Up Next:
Following the match with PRFC, North Carolina continues its two-game road trip with a visit to the Jacksonville Armada on Sunday, May 28 at 4:00 p.m. at Hodges Stadium.  NCFC will return to Sahlen’s Stadium on Wednesday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m. as it hosts the Charlotte Independence in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup. The two teams are playing for a chance to host the Houston Dynamo of the MLS. NCFC’s home NASL schedule resumes on Sunday, June 4 at 4:00 p.m. to take on the New York Cosmos.  For tickets and other information regarding home matches, visit NCFCTix.com.

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