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PREVIEW | Eddies look to continue unbeaten run away to North Carolina FC

North Carolina has won all but one home game against FC Edmonton, but the Eddies have won back-to-back NASL road games for just the third time in franchise history.
Jamie Umbach (@JamieUmbach) | Aug 31, 2017

CARY, N.C. — FC Edmonton enters its second-consecutive road match on a four-game unbeaten streak, looking to extend that run when the club visits WakeMed Soccer Park and North Carolina FC on Saturday, September 2 at 5:30PM MT in the first of two back-to-back matches between the two sides. The match can be streamed live on NASL.com.

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The Eddies and North Carolina have had different fortunes in their last four matches, with NCFC winless in their last four (0W-3D-1L) and the Eddies sitting four points off the top of the NASL Fall Season standings in third place (2W-2D-1L) with a game-in-hand on the top two of Miami FC and Puerto Rico FC.

FC Edmonton carry momentum into North Carolina knowing that two wins in this home-and-home could provide a major boost to the Eddies’ positions in the Fall Season and Combined standings. But head coach Colin Miller and the players are prepared to approach their remaining fixtures one match at a time and chip away at the difference.

“You can feel a sense of confidence in the group,” Miller says. “Going winless in four games is always a different feeling than going four games unbeaten, so the players should be confident. [North Carolina] is a difficult venue to play at with arguably the nicest grass surface in North America, so no complaints there. It’s a big pitch and if it’s warm and humid, it’ll be a test for the resolve that we have.”

North Carolina has won all but one home game against FC Edmonton (9W-0D-1L) since the two sides’ first meeting back in 2011. Despite success at home over the years, North Carolina currently holds their longest winless streak at home (0W-3D-1L) since Sept. 25, 2011-May 20, 2012 while the Eddies have won back-to-back NASL road games for just the third time in franchise history.

The home team won each of the two sides’ meetings in the Spring Season — a 3-1 win for North Carolina on April 15 and a 2-1 victory for the Eddies at Clarke Stadium on July 7.

“They’ve been one of the top teams at home over the years, and [head coach] Colin Clarke and his side have consistently been dangerous there,” Miller added.

Former Eddies’ midfielder Lance Laing is third in the NASL for goals scored with eight, while striker Tomi Ameobi’s sixth of the season in a 2-1 win over the San Francisco Deltas last weekend put the Newcastle, England product into the top-10. Midfielder Allan Zebie rounded out the scoring with the game-winning goal and his first in four seasons as an Eddie, leading the pair to NASL Team of the Week nominations.

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