CARY, North Carolina– Four points are headed back to AutoZone Park after Memphis 901 FC wrapped up its first successful road trip Saturday night in North Carolina.
Memphis earned a point in a 1-1 draw and captain Marc Burch extended his goal total (2) as the club battled with North Carolina FC.
Burch converted the first penalty kick in club history in the 64th minute after NCFC captain Austin da Luz was sent off with a red card.
The straight red came following a da Luz challenge with Memphis’ Ewan Grandison just inside the 18-yard box.
Memphis (1-2-2, 5 pts) held onto the slim lead until the 78th minute when North Carolina’s leading scorer, Marios Lomis, squeaked his free kick by goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell, who had a stellar night in his home state.
After earning yet another important point on the road, 901 FC head coach Tim Mulqueen said his squad has quickly shifted their attention to Wednesday’s homecoming at AutoZone Park.
Memphis will play Atlanta United 2 (1-2-1, 4 pts) at 7:00 p.m. in a nationally televised match on ESPNews.
“I think we’re disappointed that we didn’t take all three points tonight,” Mulqueen said Saturday. “Having said that, I think we played a very good game where we created the best chances throughout the game.
“Getting points on the road in this league is very hard, so I’m glad we were able to get four points out of this road trip. Now it’s all about recovery and getting the players ready for Wednesday night in front of our home fans, looking to get the first victory at home.”
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