Charlotte Eagles News Release -- www.charlotteeagles.com
Friday, August 15, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Eagles host the Rochester Rhinos this Saturday night at Queens Sports Complex at 7 p.m. ET. The Eagles came away with a 1-0 win in Rochester in their previous meeting on June 28th, and will try to take another three points to close the gap on the sixth-placed Rhinos in the race for the USL PRO Playoffs.
In the Eagles' last game, they dropped a hard loss to the Richmond Kickers 2-1 on the road. The Kickers currently sit in second place in the USL PRO League standings, one point behind leaders Orlando City SC. Two first-half goals from George Davis IV and Luke Vercollone were enough to for the hosts to come away with three points. The Eagles' lone goal came from Jorge Herrera, assisted by Fred Sekyere in the 53rd minute. Sekyere's pass slipped Herrera in behind the Richmond defense, and the Colombian did well to beat Ryan Taylor for his team-leading seventh goal of the season.
When the Eagles and Rhinos last met, the Eagles took a 1-0 victory on the road at Sahlen's Stadium, with a goal coming from Gui Brandao assisted by Wells Thompson. The Eagles are currently five points behind eighth-placed OKC Energy FC with five games to go in the season as they look for a return to the USL PRO Playoffs.
In Rochester's last game they faced off against Orange County Blues FC at Sahlen's Stadium, and fell 1-0. The only goal of the match came from Orange County's Allan Russell on a penalty kick in the 41st minute. The Rhinos currently sit in sixth place in the standings, seven points ahead of the Eagles as they enter Friday night's contest with the Charleston Battery.
The Rhinos handed league-leaders Orlando City their first loss of the season on July 27th as a Colin Rolfe goal in the 31st minute gave the hosts the 1-0 lead. Rookie goalkeeper John McCarthy lead the way for the Rhinos that night as he recorded his eighth shutout of the season. McCarthy now sits alone at the top of the league shutout standings with nine in 14 games.
If you can't make it out to the game Saturday night make sure to follow all the action on Twitter with the hashtag #CE93 and watch the game LIVE on www.youtube.com/charlotteeaglessc.
Tickets can be purchased at a discounted rate up until the day of the game (midnight) and can also be purchased at the gates.