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PREVIEW | Eddies search for six unbeaten in North Carolina rematch

Miller takes to sidelines for 150th NASL match with the Eddies, looking to extend club’s positive run.
Jamie Umbach (@JamieUmbach) | Sep 9, 2017

EDMONTON, AB — FC Edmonton are on the rise following a run of five matches unbeaten in the Fall Season, aiming to stretch that number to six in the club’s final meeting of the year with North Carolina FC at Clarke Stadium on Sunday, September 10. Kick-off is at 2:00PM.

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A gift equalizer from NCFC and goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre gave the Eddies a point to leave with in a 1-1 draw on the road last time out in North Carolina — a place they’ve struggled to pick up points since 2011. Picking up a point on the road will prove even more crucial for the Eddies with the success they’ve had at home against NCFC, who is winless in its previous 12 attempts at Clarke Stadium (0W-4D-8L).

Two consecutive road matches against the San Francisco Deltas and North Carolina FC yielded four points out of six for the Eddies as they return to Clarke Stadium to rematch NCFC in the first of two-straight home matches. Fortune for the Eddies so far this Fall Season has come on the road as they look to pick up points at home and cement themselves in the postseason race with just ten matches to go before November.

“It doesn’t surprise me we’re on a five-game unbeaten streak and It’s a testament to the work everyone is putting in at the club,” FC Edmonton head coach Colin Miller said. “From our front office to the fans, nothing has wavered. The players are chomping at the bits to get on the pitch, and the games can’t come fast enough for us.”

NCFC’s own motivations include a potential jump back into a postseason spot with a victory on Sunday. Former Eddie Lance Laing leads the visitors with eight goals in 2017 in a team ranked third in goals with 31, while FC Edmonton has surged offensively in the Fall Season with nine goals in six matches after only scoring 11 total during the Spring Season.

Miller will take to the sidelines for his 150th NASL match in charge of the Eddies as they search for their sixth unbeaten match in a row — seven points back of Miami FC for first in the Fall Season standings with two matches in hand on the Spring Season champions. He’ll have a full squad with the exception of centre-back Karsten Smith to choose from this weekend, with the biggest notable return coming last weekend in Netan Sansara’s return to action after missing two months due to a herniated disc.

Sunday at Clarke Stadium is University Day, with students who provide a valid student ID and food donation to the Campus Food Bank can purchase tickets for just $5. Tickets are available at the gate or on tickets.fcedmonton.com. The match can be streamed live on NASL.com and Facebook Live.

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