North Carolina FC at Ottawa Fury FC
Sunday, May 12 – 2 p.m.
TD Place Stadium
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CARY, N.C. (May 10, 2019) – North Carolina FC will face Ottawa Fury FC on Sunday, May 12 at 2 p.m. as the team continues its USL Championship season. After a great start to the season, North Carolina FC is firmly in contention for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
The team has earned a record of 4W-1L-3D good for 15 points and fourth place in the standings. In the last time out, NCFC battled Indy to a scoreless draw, while Alex Tambakis made five saves to preserve his third clean sheet of the season. NCFC’s road form has been good since the season started, compiling a 2W-1L-1D record away from home, including wins over Bethlehem Steel FC and Charlotte Independence.
Ottawa will certainly test NCFC’s away form as a side that has been historically tough to get a result against. Going back to the start of the series history in 2014, NCFC has never won a league game in Ottawa. Last year the squad battled to a 1-1 draw, but overall, NCFC has logged a 0W-3L-2D record when playing Ottawa on the road.
Sunday's matchup will have big implications for both teams in the Eastern Conference standings. A win could push NCFC as high as third place, while an Ottawa win could move the home side from ninth to sixth in the table. Ottawa has seen mixed results to start the season. The team has defeated three teams outside of the current playoff picture, but has lost to mid-table sides Louisville City FC and Nashville SC and drawn with frontrunners New York Red Bulls II and Charleston Battery.
Players To Watch:
No. 9 Carl Haworth
Haworth has been a feature in the Ottawa side since the team started in 2014. Overall, the 29-year-old has totaled more than 10,000 minutes with the franchise, while playing in a variety of positions. Haworth will be a dangerous player to watch for as NCFC looks to find a way to win in Ottawa.
No. 9 Marios Lomis
Lomis didn’t score in the last match, but he tallied a goal in four-straight matches before that. Through eight games, the forward has six goals, which is a much higher rate than his five goals in 23 appearances in 2018. Look for Lomis to head up NCFC’s attack.
North Carolina FC will be at home for two matches this upcoming week. NCFC will enter the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. to face regional rival Richmond Kickers (tickets). The team will resume its USL Championship campaign on Saturday, May 18 against Birmingham Legion FC (tickets). Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Coastal Credit Union Box Office at 919-459-8144.