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League: USL Championship
Location: Cary, N.C.
Venue: Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park
Notable Players: Etienne Barbara, Akira Fitzgerald, Daniel Armando Rios, Steven Miller and Nick Zimmerman
North Carolina FC TicketsIn a state with a long soccer tradition, North Carolina FC is one of the premier clubs. Originally known as the Carolina RailHawks, the franchise debuted in 2007 with the USL First Division. In its first-ever season, the club made the league playoffs and qualified for the semifinals of the US Open Cup by beating the Chicago Fire of the MLS. After the introduction of Martin Rennie as coach, North Carolina earned a berth in the league finals, where it fell to the Puerto Rico Islanders. The club joined the North American Soccer League in 2011 and continued to prove its mettle in the US Open Cup by beating the LA Galaxy from the MLS three straight years between 2012 and 2014. The Railhawks rebranded as North Carolina FC in 2017 and made the league semifinals one last time before departing for the USL Championship, the second-highest league on the American soccer pyramid. North Carolina FC tickets are available for purchase at StubHub.
Who are the biggest rivals of North Carolina FC?The unofficial fan-created Southern Derby Cup between USL rivals North Carolina, the Charleston Battery and Charlotte Independence is one of the premier rivalry series in the entire USL. The winner of the competition is determined by aggregate goals. North Carolina has been a part of the series since 2007.
What was the record of North Carolina FC last season?North Carolina earned a seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with 56 points and a 16-10-8 record. The season ended with a 3-2 loss to the 10th seed Birmingham Legion FC in the play-in round. After the teams traded goals for much of the match, J.J. Williams stunned North Carolina with a late goal in the dying minute to eliminate the club from contention.
What are some of the top games on North Carolina FC's schedule?North Carolina FC begins the 2020 USL campaign with a home game against defending Eastern Conference champion Louisville City FC on March 7. This is followed by a playoff rematch against Birmingham Legion FC on April 25 plus the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on May 2. In the annual Southern Derby Cup, North Carolina plays the Charlotte Independence at home on April 3 and then visits the Charleston Battery on May 16. The club goes to Charlotte on June 12, comes home for Charlotte on Sept. 19 and hosts Charleston on Oct. 2. The regular season concludes with an away game against Louisville City on Oct. 17. Outside of USL play, North Carolina begins the annual US Open Cup with a matchup against the winner of North Carolina Fusion and South Carolina United Bantams on April 7.
Who is the head coach of North Carolina FC?On Dec. 17, 2018, Dave Sarachan became the fourth head coach in the club’s history. A protege of Bruce Arena, Sarachan is one of the most accomplished coaches in American soccer. He began his career as an assistant coach with the University of Virginia between 1984 and 1987 and won two ACC Championships. He later served as an assistant for the LA Galaxy with which he won three MLS Cups and two Supporters’ Shields. Sarachan also won two US Open Cups and the MLS Supporters’ Shield as the head coach of the Chicago Fire between 2002 and 2007. As a member of the US Men’s National Team, he coached in the World Cup.
What are North Carolina FC home games like?North Carolina FC plays all home games at the 10,000-seat Sahlen’s Stadium, along with the North Carolina Courage of the National Women’s Soccer League. North Carolina FC has two official supporter groups: the Oak City Supporters and the Triangle Soccer Fanatics. During the game, members of the group will fire up the crowd with their unique chants and team spirit. Members will also be invited to pregame tailgates and parties throughout the season.
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