Cover Photo Credit: Rob Kinnan-NCFC
North Carolina FC Sinks The Armada
As Ryan from Oak City Supporters predicted on last weeks podcast (Have we mentioned we have a podcast? Get it here or here) NCFC destroyed the fake Jacksonville Armada 3-1 in Cary on Saturday night. NCFC was able to flip the switch and forget about the San Francisco game led by goals from James Marcelin and two from Lance Laing (more on him later).
Goal Of The Match: Liked all three goals but if we tried to say it was anything other than Laing’s first goal then we’d be trolling for clicks.
— North Carolina FC (@NorthCarolinaFC) May 14, 2017
Man Of The Match: Lance Laing
Not really difficult as he had two nasty goals. Laing is tied for the league lead with four goals on the season. Jet mentioned to me on Saturday we should probably go ahead and give Laing the Player of Month trophy for May. I reminded Jet that it’s up to the fans, but it will be hard to get those images of Laing’s dominance out of our heads.
— Raleigh City Sports (@RCitySports) May 5, 2017
What’s Next?: NCFC has a busy week with two games on tap. On Wednesday they travel to Greensboro to play the Carolina Dynamo in the second round of the US Open Cup. Then on Saturday, the men of Sahlen’s Stadium travel back to Puerto Rico to play Puerto Rico FC aka The Fightin Carmelos. NCFC (3-2-2) sit in fourth place in the NASL table with 11 points.
Courage Drop First Game Of Season To Our Bitter Rivals In Orlando
The Courage weren’t going to go the entire season without a loss but it still would’ve been nice. On Sunday evening, the Courage dropped a tough one to Orlando 3-1. The Courage gave up two goals within a minute of each other and then played down a player due to Abby Erceg getting sent off after two yellows. The Courage’s lone goal was scored by none other than Debinha in the 51 mintute. Despite the loss, the Courage still sit atop the table with 12 points (4-0-1) . Second place Seattle is four points back.
Courageous Rating: 4
I feel bad giving a low rating, but we didn’t win and Orlando was able to capitalize on some poor defensive lapses. They tighten up the defense on those first two goals and this would’ve been a different match. I’m calling it right now, this will be the lowest rating they receive all season.
A big story coming out of the Capital City was the technical difficulties of watching the game on go90. A little PR advice to the good folks at go90: Just blame it on Orlando. Welcome.
Goal Of The Match: Debinha
— NC Courage (@TheNCCourage) May 14, 2017
What’s Next?: Courage will play at WakeMed on Sunday May 21 at 4:00 PM against the Chicago Red Stars.