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Match Preview: North Carolina FC Faces Road Trip to Indy Eleven

Jun 16, 2017
MATCHDAY INFO:
INDY ELEVEN VS. NORTH CAROLINA FC
KICKOFF: SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017 – 7:30 P.M. ET
MICHAEL A. CARROLL STADIUM
 
TV: BEIN SPORTS, WRAL2, WILM-TV10
DIGITAL: BEIN SPORTS CONNECT, WRAL.COM
RADIO: 95.7 The Ticket (95.7 FM, 1550 AM)
LIVE UPDATES: @NORTHCAROLINAFC #INDvNCFC
 
CARY, N.C. (June 16, 2017) – North Carolina FC (4W-3D-4L, 15 pts, 5th place) will have to move on quickly from its Open Cup clash with the Houston Dynamo, as the team resumes NASL play with a trip to Michael A. Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis for a matchup with the Indy Eleven (0W-7D-4L, 7 pts, 8th place) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
 
Points are on the table, as North Carolina FC can jump to third place with a win against the Eleven. The team has performed well on the road this season, taking points from four out of six road matches and most recently earning a 2-2 draw against the New York Cosmos on June 10.
 
The meeting between the two teams is the first of 2017. Indy went undefeated with six-consecutive draws to open the season, but has struggled of late, losing four of its last five league matches.
 
North Carolina will look to its consistent attack, which has recorded 16 goals this season. The goals rank second in the league, just one shy of Miami FC, who currently tops the NASL table. The team will also look to shore up its defense, as Paul Black is expected to resume NASL play after an injury kept him sidelined for six matches.
 
Last Time Out:
NCFC fell in a heartbreaker to the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday, June 14. The MLS side clinched a 3-2 win in the 109th minute with a goal from Memo Rodriguez. A back and forward game saw Steven Miller and Lance Laing each score for NCFC.
 
Players to Watch:
#7 Lance Laing
Laing goes into this weekend’s matchup on great form for NCFC. The midfielder from Jamaica has scored two set-piece goals in the past two games, pushing his goal tally to six goals in 2017, with five coming from NASL play and one in the Open Cup.
 
#32 Colin Falvey
Falvey, a 6’1” center defender from Cork City, Ireland, has captained the Indy Eleven for all of his nine appearances this season. He has been named to the NASL Team of the Week twice, along with being selected for the NASL Team of the Month for his impressive games in May. He has won 56 duels, 30 tackles, and intercepted 25 passes this season.
 
Coming Up Next:
NCFC will return home for a rematch with the Indy Eleven on Saturday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. The team will celebrate Pride Night to support the LGBTQ community through the Human Rights Campaign. Discounted tickets can be purchased online at NCFCTIX.com by using the code: PRIDE17.

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