NCFC

NCFC vs Swansea City AFC (7/22/2017)

It’s been a good week in Raleigh.

NCFC beat Puerto Rico FC on Saturday to finish the season 5th in the NASL Spring standings with 21 points. Matt Fondy slotted home a beautiful penalty in the dying minutes of the match, his first in months. I know that goal drought must have been tough for him mentally, so here’s hoping that more will come in the future. Most importantly, NCFC won all three encounters against the Syracuse Orangemen this season.

With that out of the way, let’s talk about the news and rally that came out on Wednesday. After months of wondering what the hell Steve Malik up his sleeve, NCFC unveiled their plans for a downtown stadium. And I love it. I was even more impressed with the rally that was held at City Market. Although I was not able to make it in person, it looked like quite a raucous showing. So cheers if you were there.

NCFC now has a break in NASL and are hosting Premier League side Swansea City. The Swans have been in the States for over a week now, and have played a draw in Philadelphia against the Union and beat the Richmond Kickers. They are going to face a tough test on Saturday against a hyped up NCFC (who have been known to hang with a Premier League side in the summer) and the North Carolina heat.

As I mentioned last week, Swansea are without their best player Gylfi Sigurdsson because he was scared of what Fitz and Mike were going to yell at him while he was warming up in the North End. Just kidding, he’s about to get paid a lot of money. The players to watch will be the young English attacker, Tammy Abraham, who joined the Swans on loan from Chelsea, and Oli McBurnie (pictured above). I hope Connor Tobin has a word with him about who gets to wear the short socks look at WakeMed.

On the NCFC side of things, I sincerely hope that the younger guys like Dre Fortune and Jose Carranza or some of the other academy players get most of the playing time. The team is already dealing with some injury problems, so I do think it would be wise to give some of the guys the week off to recuperate. We want to put on a good show to cap off an excellent week, but it would be terrible if someone got hurt or over-exerted themselves in a meaningless friendly. The main objective now is to have a strong Fall season so we can watch the boys in the playoffs.

Predicted Outcome: 1-1

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