North Carolina FC Takes Momentum to League-Leading Miami FC

Aug 4, 2017


CARY, N.C. (Aug. 4, 2017) – North Carolina FC (6W-4D-7L, 22 points, 6th place) travels south for a match against Miami FC (11W-3W-3L, 36 points, 1st place) after securing seven points from its last four league contests. The match will take place on Saturday, Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Riccardo Silva Stadium.
Despite the difference in the overall table, North Carolina FC has held the advantage in the matchup during the season, winning once and tying twice with the Spring Season Champions. In the last meeting between the two teams, NCFC won 1-0 via a goal from Billy Schuler at home on July 4. Since the league rivalry started in 2016, both teams enter the match with a 1W-4D-1L series record and a goal difference of 0.
Miami FC is coming off two consecutive losses, falling to the New York Cosmos on July 29 and to Cincinnati FC in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Aug. 3. Despite the recent drop in form, Miami boasts a plethora of attacking options and a solid defense. The team has a league-best goal differential of +20.
NCFC will look to keep its string of results going after improving its roster for the Fall Season. Following the additions of Danny Barrow and Jonathan Glenn from Jacksonville Armada FC and former NCFC Youth Academy standout D.J. Taylor last week, the team has once again added talent this week with the addition of  Botafogo forward Renan Gorne on loan.
Players to Watch:
#9 Johnathan Glenn
Glenn is one of the newest additions to the NCFC squad via a trade with Jacksonville Armada FC. The target center forward will use his size and finishing capability in the box to reinforce the NCFC attack. He made his NCFC debut last weekend against Puerto Rico FC. Glenn added a new dynamic to the attack and won serval corner kicks and free kicks with his impressive hold up play.
#8 Vincenzo Rennella
Rennella will look to carry over his strong form from the NASL Spring Season, as he led the league in goals, assists, and shots.  The French forward’s ten goals and five assists across his 14 starts were a large contribution to Miami FC’s first-place finish in the standings.
Last Time Out:
North Carolina FC battled Puerto Rico FC to a 1-1 draw in the opening match of the NASL Fall Season last weekend. PRFC’s Jordi Quintilla grabbed the early lead in the 14th minute after an NCFC turnover in the defensive third. Matt Fondy salvaged a point for NCFC with a stoppage-time penalty.
Coming Up Next:
NCFC returns home on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. to host the Jacksonville Armada at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park. The game is presented by PNC Bank and will be the seventh annual Kicks 4 Kids Night. Tickets are available online or over the phone by calling the North Carolina Football Club Ticket Office at 919.458.8144.

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