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Charlotte Eagles News Release --

Thursday, August 28, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Eagles host the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in a Friday night USL PRO matchup starting at 7 p.m. ET at Queens Sports Complex. The Eagles (9-13-3, 30 pts) are coming off back-to-back wins over Rochester and Orlando and will look to continue their momentum against the Riverhounds. Charlotte sits in a three-way tie for the final playoff spot with Arizona United SC and Wilmington Hammerheads FC.

Two goals from Wells Thompson and a stellar defensive effort, led by a clean sheet by Alec Kann, saw Charlotte take its first ever victory against Orlando City SC on August 20th at the Queens Sports Complex. Thompson's first goal was the result of good combination play between the winger and Zak Boggs, who received a pass from Thompson and laid it off for the former Chicago Fire player, who then took a touch before sending it past Miguel Gallardo to the left corner.

Thompson's second goal resulted from some hard work against Luke Boden. After taking possession from Boden at the halfway line, Thompson raced in before firing a right-footed rocket into the upper-right corner to seal victory for the hosts.

Thompson's two goals put him in sole possession of second place on the team for goals scored, with five behind Jorge Herrera's eight. Drew Yates leads the team in assists with eight, which currently has him tied for first in USL PRO with Sacramento's Rodrigo Lopez. 

Pittsburgh (8-12-5, 29 pts) comes into Friday's matchup off a 3-1 win against FC Dallas Reserves. The Riverhounds were led by goals from Rob Vincent, Kevin Kerr and Michael Green. Matt Dallman recorded his fifth and sixth assists of the season on the goals by Kerr and Green.

Pittsburgh is led in scoring by the 2013 USL PRO MVP, Jose Angulo. Angulo's eight goals have him tied for seventh in the league this season.  Last season Angulo, along with Orlando's Dom Dwyer, set the league scoring mark of 15 goals in a season. 

The last time the two clubs met in Charlotte, the Eagles emerged with a 2-0 victory behind goals from Christian Ramirez and Christian Meza. Earlier this season the Riverhounds earned a 2-0 victory in Pittsburgh. Kevin Kerr and Jose Angulo scored second-half goals to defeat a 10-man Eagles squad, as Wells Thompson was shown a second yellow in the 45th minute. 

The playoff race is heating up, so be sure to get your tickets early for what should be a thrilling contest.  Tickets can be purchased at at a discounted rate until Thursday night (midnight).

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