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North Carolina FC Faces Midweek Tilt Against Indy Eleven

Sep 12, 2017

MATCHDAY INFO:
INDY ELEVEN VS NORTH CAROLINA FC
KICKOFF: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 – 7 P.M. ET
MICHAEL A. CARROLL STADIUM
 
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CARY, N.C. (Sep. 12, 2017) – Following a commanding performance that resulted in a 3-0 victory at FC Edmonton, North Carolina FC (8W-8D-8L, 32 points, third place) will continue its road trip with a visit to Indy Eleven (5W-9D-8L, 24 points, sixth place) at Michael A. Carroll Stadium on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
 
The club’s victory over FC Edmonton helped claim an important three points in the playoff battle. The team is currently level on points with Jacksonville Armada FC and one point ahead of the New York Cosmos. The three teams have spent most of the Fall Season battling it out for the third and fourth spots in the table.
 
Indy has gotten the best of NCFC in 2017, taking all six points from the series so far. The Eleven won two consecutive matches against NCFC, posting a 2-0 victory at home on June 17 and a 2-1 win away on June 24. However, Indy enters the match with just one point from its last five matches. The club has dropped all three of its home matches since the start of the Fall Season.
 
North Carolina will look towards its depth and good health to get through the tight turnaround of two matches in four days. James Marcelin, Lance Laing and Tiyi Shipalane are all coming off rest after not featuring in the match against Edmonton.
 
Last Time Out:
Nazmi Albadawi, Renan Gorne, and Steven Miller all scored for the club in a dominating 3-0 win at FC Edmonton. The result marked the first time that the club had earned three points at Edmonton since 2011 and the franchise’s first ever victory at Clarke Stadium.
 
Player to Watch:
No. 10 Nazmi Albadawi
Albadawi’s finishing touch is starting to heat up after scoring two goals in his last three matches. The midfielder has generally been called on to create the chances for the club this season, but as of late, the Raleigh native is the one finding the back of the net. Look for his recent run of form to continue against an Indy side that has conceded a league-high 37 goals.
 
No. 9 Eamon Zayed
Zayed starred in 2016 for Indy, scoring 15 goals to capture the team’s single-season scoring record. While the forward hasn’t been as prolific in 2017, he’s still tallied a respectable six goals, including one against NCFC. Look for Zayed and his natural goal-scoring to ability to test the backline.
 
Coming Up Next:
In its third game in seven days, 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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