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North Carolina FC Welcomes FC Edmonton on Saturday

Sep 1, 2017
MATCHDAY INFO:
NORTH CAROLINA FC VS FC EDMONTON
KICKOFF: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2017 – 7:30 P.M. ET
SAHLEN’S STADIUM at WAKEMED SOCCER PARK
 
TV: WRAL2, WILM-TV10
DIGITAL: ESPN3, WRAL.COM
RADIO: 95.7 THE TICKET (95.7 FM & 1330 AM)
LIVE UPDATES: @NORTHCAROLINAFC #NCFCvFCE

 
CARY, N.C. (Sep. 1, 2017) – North Carolina FC (7W-7D-8L, 28 points, 5th place) will take on FC Edmonton (6W-3D-12L, 21 points, 7th place) Saturday, Sep. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park. The match will be presented by WakeMed.
 
After playing the last five matches against teams currently in the upper half of the NASL combined standings, tonight’s match marks the first of four consecutive matches against lower-table sides. NCFC held its own during the tough stretch of play, getting points from four of its last five matches.
 
NCFC sits just one point back from Jacksonville Armada FC and only two points away from the third-place New York Cosmos. With only 10 games remaining in the regular season, the points will be critical for a playoff race that is shaping up for a close finish.
 
The club has shored up its backline during the Fall Season after injuries prevented Steven Miller, Christian Ibeagha, Connor Tobin and Paul Black from lining up together 11 times since the start of the season. When the original back four play together, NCFC has taken points from 72 percent of its matches, compared to just a 54-percent mark without the quartet.
 
A healthy backline mixed with an attacking unit featuring several proven goal scorers will go a long way in providing NCFC with the personnel needed to reach the postseason.
 
Players To Watch:
No. 7 Lance Laing
Laing has already scored eight times this season, including a goal against FC Edmonton on April 15. He’ll be eager to add to his tally against his former club. The Jamaican spent 2013-15 with the Eddies and scored 16 goals for the club. Look for Laing to cause problems on the left wing and be a threat anytime NCFC wins a free kick in the attacking half.
 
No. 18 Tomi Ameobi
Ameobi is one of Edmonton’s most dangerous attacking options. The 6’3” target forward has scored six goals with two of them coming against NCFC. Ameobi has played the full 90 minutes in 14 consecutive matches. Look for the forward to continue causing problems for NCFC with his height and natural goal-scoring ability.
 
Last Time Out:
The club is coming off a 2-2 draw with the New York Cosmos on Aug. 26. Renan Gorne scored his first NASL goal to draw the side level with a strike in the 90th minute. The goal salvaged a point and kept NCFC firmly in the NASL playoff race. NCFC captain Nazmi Albadawi made his 100th appearance for the club and added a goal.
 
Up Next:
Following a return trip to FC Edmonton on Sep. 10 and a midweek bout against the Indy Eleven on Sep. 13, NCFC will return to Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park on Sep. 16 to take on Puerto Rico FC at 7:30 p.m. The match will be presented by Ipreo. Tickets are available online at NCFCTIX.com or over the phone by calling the North Carolina Football Club Ticket Office at 919.459.8144.

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