North Carolina FC vs Puerto Rico Recap (5/21/17)

Photo Credit: Rob Kinnan-NCFC.

North Carolina FC Drop Fightin Carmelos (PRFC) In Stoppage Time

The men of Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park traveled down to Puerto Rico and once again the good guys got three points. NCFC won in stoppage time 2-1 and were led by a goal and an assist from Matt Fondy and some big saves by Brian Sylvestre.

The game reminded me a lot of Puerto Rico’s official beer Medalla. Yeah it’s beer, but there is just something off about it and you realize you need to switch it up or you’re going to have a hangover the next day. In this case, NCFC was playing soccer but it was sloppy and they quickly realized they needed to turn it around in the second half or be miserable on Sunday morning. Pretty solid comparison if you ask me.

Need To Know:

  • Puerto Rico scored off a corner and Brian Sylvestre couldn’t get to the ball in time to stop it.
  • Matt Fondy led the charge in the 73rd minute with a header off a corner from Lance Laing to tie it 1-1.
  • Brian Sylvestre made up for the first half mistake and kept NCFC in the game down the stretch.
  • In stoppage time, Fondy sent as pass to a wide open Billy Schuler for the game winner!

Man Of The Match: Matt Fondy

No question on this one, Fondy was in on both scoring plays. Matt finished the week with two goals and three assists, putting himself in the running for Player Of The Month.

Goal Of The Match: Billy Schuler’s Game Winner

Random Thoughts:

  • I think Puerto Rico needs to give the play by play announcer more rest. His goal calls tire out very quickly.
  • What was the yellow card on Steven Miller? We’re assuming it was for intimidation. We taught him this Ultimate Warrior trick  when he was over for the podcast.


  • What’s Next?: NCFC has 14 pts (4-2-2) and sits in second place in the table. Next week they  travel down to Jacksonville to play the Nissan Armadas.
  • Raleigh City Sports Public Service Announcement: If you’re traveling down to Jacksonville and have a thin skin make sure to wear fashion appropriate things. Jacksonville fans are fashion divas and they will feast on your attire mistakes.