Long Weekend Round-Up: Canes, NCFC, Courage

Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-NCFC

Hope everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend! Let’s jump into it! Check out the podcast on Thursday for a more in depth look at this past weekend

Canes Add To The Offense

Free agency started over the weekend and the Canes were able to add two forwards and acquire a third through a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights.

Justin Williams

I love this signing even if I thought it wouldn’t happen. I thought A) We wouldn’t pay for a 35 year old forward and B) He wouldn’t want to come back to Carolina. I’m glad I was wrong. We did pay a lot for an older forward but a majority of that money brought a proven leader into locker room.  Also, if he gets 40 points then I think it’s well worth the $5 million we pay him in the first year. Ryan from the Oak City Supports called the signing on last weeks pod too. He wanted us to tell you that.

Josh Jooris

Jooris signing is about adding depth to our bottom 6. Expect Jooris to play both forward positions and move between playing and being a healthy scratch. At $775,000 it’s a low risk signing that will add depth and help strengthen our fourth line.

Marcus Kruger

Adding another former Blackhawk does seem ridiculous at this point, but solid players are solid players. Kruger comes to Carolina as our fourth line center and a guy that we can use on the penalty kill. Kruger is a HUGE upgrade over Jay McClement, but don’t expect him to light the lamp a ton (17 points last season) While some fans wanted that top line center, Kruger will help on the defensive side of the puck and allow other forwards to focus on scoring.


North Carolina FC Drops League Leading Miami

North Carolina FC came into the match without earning three points since May 20th and they faced a Miami team that hadn’t lost a match since April 8th. However, as should always happen, the good guys of Sahlen’s Stadium pulled out a 1-0 victory in a physical match.

Manager Colin Clarke switched up the formation and seemed to revert back to what we saw in the beginning of the season. In the first half, we could not seem to get a lot going offensively and were getting shoved off the ball quite a bit. However, adjustments were made in the second half and we were able to match their physicality and were able to net a sweet goal by Chilly Schuler to get the win. Shoutout to Christian Imbeagha for tapping that Miami player to the ground towards the end of the game. It was deserved.

Goal Of Game: Billy “Chilly” Schuler

Man Of The Match: Jose Carranza/Brian Sylvestre

I know it was a whole team effort but you got to feel good for Jose in his first start for NCFC. This dude has that “motor” and seemed to be the fastest guy on the field. Congrats on his first point for NCFC by assisting on Schuler’s goal

Sylvestre is the most athletic wall I’ve ever seen. If you’ve watched any NCFC games this year then you know what I’m talking about.

Whiner Of The Match: Michel “Muscles”

Michel is a big dude and he would stuff me in a locker, but he was whining a lot towards the end of game. Paul Black went down with an injury and Muscles was worried about the clock running down and getting Black off the field. I understand where he’s coming from but I just thought he’d be less of a dweeb.

NC Courage Drop To Sky Blue FC

The ladies dropped one tough on on Saturday to Sky Blue FC 1-0. This was the first match of the year where the Courage were shutout. RCS’s June Player of the Month, Ashley Hatch, dominated most of the game but couldn’t find the back on the net. Keeper Katelyn Rowland continues to play steady in goal over the last few matches. Despite the loss the Courage still sit a top the standings and play at home on Saturday!