Eagles Host North Carolina FC U23 on Saturday Night
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Charlotte Hosts Newcomer North Carolina FC U23 Tonight
Charlotte, NC – The Charlotte Eagles (6-3-2, 20 pts) will host PDL newcomers North Carolina FC U23 (5-4-2, 17 pts) on Saturday night at Charlotte Christian School with kickoff set for 7 pm. One special event we would like to make our fans aware of, a group of local high school students will be collecting used soccer items (balls, bags, cleats, guards) to be donated to Peace Passers. Fans are encouraged to bring items to donate to the match on Saturday.
North Carolina FC U23 comes in to Saturday’s match following a midweek loss to the Myrtle Beach Mutiny 2-1. The Mutiny struck twice in the first half before newly signed George Acosta pulled one back for NCFC.
NCFC is led in scoring by Charlotte 49er midfielder Ryan Spaulding who has five goals in nine matches for the U23 side.
Charlotte is looking to rebound following back to back 1-0 losses and only garnering one point in their last three matches. The Eagles traveled to Durham, NC on July 1st but came away empty handed thanks to a Nils Bruening penalty in the 11th minute that gave the hosts a 1-0 victory. Charlotte had chances in the opening 15 minutes of the match but couldn’t finish them.
Saturday’s match will go a long way in deciding who finishes 2nd in the South Atlantic Division and makes the playoffs alongside Division winner, Myrtle Beach Mutiny.
North Carolina FC U23 has three matches remaining, two against Charlotte and one against Myrtle Beach. If NCFC win all three of their remaining matches they will need a Nashville draw or loss in their final match, July 12th at Derby City Rovers, to get in on a tiebreaker.
Charlotte’s playoff map is simple. Three matches remaining, win all three. The Eagles have tonight’s match against NCFC followed by the Carolina Dynamo coming to Charlotte on Tuesday, July 11th. They finish the regular season by traveling to Cary to take on NCFC on Friday, July 14th. If the Eagles earn three points in each of their remaining matches they will overtake Nashville SC U23 for 2nd place and qualify for the playoffs.
Fans are reminded to bring any use soccer equipment they may have to the match tonight to donate to Peace Passers.
Keep the Orange Flag Flying High and we’ll see you at Charlotte Christian tonight!