Jul 14, 2017

San Juan, Puerto Rico- With back to back draws against Jacksonville, Puerto Rico FC put an end to a three-game losing streak. Now in North Carolina, they will look to close out the Spring Season with more points and build momentum for the Fall.

“We have to be organized and play to our strengths. They are very good on the wings but so are we. We have to win every matchup we get in that area and play our game,” said Interim Head Coach Marco Velez.

For the past two games, the defense has carried PRFC, shutting out Jacksonville for 180 minutes. It was in the 92nd minute of the past match that Jacksonville was finally able to score, forcing both sides to split the honors.

The offense will have a chance to reignite itself against a North Carolina defense that has allowed 91 shots on target, the most in the NASL. That is 19 more than FC Edmonton and Indy Eleven who are tied with 72 for second most. Despite that figure, NCFC has only allowed 21 goals, which means Goalkeeper Bryan Sylvestre has stopped 77% of the shots he’s faced, giving NCFC the best shots faced to save ratio in the league.

NCFC’s form has been inconsistent in the past couple of games. Despite defeating the Spring Season Champions Miami FC, they have lost to Indy twice as well as Edmonton, in a game they led until the 77th minute. Absent from the scoring sheet in this stretch is Lance Laing, who leads the team in goals (5) and assists (3). The Jamaican international has started all four of these games but has been unable to neither find the back of the net or facilitate for his teammates in the 305 minutes he has been on the field.   

Tune in to #NCFCvPRFC at 7:30pm on BeIn Sports or at 10:30pm on WAPA 2 from Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.

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