Carolina Core FC Defeated by North Carolina FC 1-0 in the U.S. Open Cup Third Round

Carolina Core FC Defeated by North Carolina FC 1-0 in the U.S. Open Cup Third Round

CCFC falls to North Carolina FC 1-0 on the road in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Third Round

Cary, North Carolina – Carolina Core FC fell to USL Championship side North Carolina FC on Wednesday night at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Goal-Scoring Plays

NCFC – Julian Placias, 61′ (Garrett McLaughin): Julian Placias scored a right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Garrett McLaughlin.

Postgame Notes

CCFC One of Three MLS Next Pro Clubs in 3rd Round of U.S. Open Cup
Alex Sutton with Season-High Seven Saves
Josuha Rodriguez Makes First CCFC Start
CCFC vs. NCFC ESPN Box Score

CCFC One of Three MLS NEXT Pro Clubs in 3rd Round of U.S. Open Cup

New MLS NEXT Pro independent club, Carolina Core FC participated as one of three MLS NEXT Pro teams to make it to the 3rd round of the 2024 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. In their inaugural season, CCFC joins fellow MLSNP sides Chicago Fire FC II and NYCFC in the 3rd round. Carolina Core faced USL Championship side North Carolina FC on Wednesday night in Cary, North Carolina. CCFC fell 1-0 on the night, marking the end of the team’s first US Open Cup run.

Goalkeeper Alex Sutton Make Season-High Seven Saves

Goalkeeper Alex Sutton was very busy in Wednesday night’s U.S. Open Cup match, making seven saves throughout the game. Sutton made two saves that denied North Carolina FC from scoring from close-range. The 23-year-old keeper was vital in keeping CCFC in the match until the very end.

Josuha Rodriguez Makes First CCFC Start

After scoring the game-winning goal in the CCFC’s first two U.S. Open Cup matches, Josuha Rodriguez earned his first start for the club on Wednesday evening against intrastate rivals North Carolina FC. The CCFC forward played the full 90 minutes and showcased his offensive prowess in attacking third. In the 88th minute of the match, it looked as if Josuha would have another U.S. Open Cup magic moment. The forward put the ball in the back of the net after latching on to a pass from Kai Thomas; however, the goal was disallowed for offsides.


Carolina Core FC — Alex Sutton; Jathan Juarez, Kai Thomas, Ibraham Covi (Angel Aguas – 80′), Christian Diaz (Jeremiah White IV – 73′); Jacob Evans, Facundo Canete, David “Pachi” Polanco (Derek Cuevas – 73′); Yekeson Subah (Kiki Gregoire – 89′), Papa Ndoye (Jesus Orejuela – 73′); Josuha Rodriguez.

Substitutes not used — Andrew Pannenberg, Luis Lugo.

North Carolina FC — Jake McGuire; Bryce Washington, Daniel Navarro (Justin Malou –85′), Adrian Pelayo; Nelson Blanco, Collin Martin (Mikey Maldonado – 70′), Jacori Hayes, Shaft Brewer Jr. (Kyrome Lumsden – 70′); Jaden Servania (Louis Pérez – 85′), Garrett McLaughin (Rodrigo da Costa –85′), Julian Placias.

Substitutes not used — Ezra Armstrong, Akira Fitzgerald.

Next Game

Carolina Core FC visits Chicago Fire FC II continuing their start of the season road trip on Monday, April 22 at SeatGeek Stadium. The match kicks off at 7:00 PM ET on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.

2024 U.S. Open Cup

Carolina Core FC at North Carolina FC

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 – WakeMed Soccer Park (Cary, NC)

Goals by Half         1      2      F
Carolina Core FC      0      0      0
North Carolina FC     0      1      1

Scoring Summary:

NCFC: Julian Placias – 61′ (Garrett McLaughin)

Misconduct Summary:

NCFC: Jaden Servania (caution) – 27′

CCFC: Papa Ndoye (caution) – 41′

CCFC: Ibrahim Covi (caution) – 71′

CCFC: Jesus Orejuela (caution) – 78′

NCFC: Kyrome Lumsden (caution) – 83′

CCFC: Bench (caution) – 84′

NCFC: Jacori Hayes (caution) – 88′

CCFC: Joshua Rodriguez (caution) – 89′

CCFC: Amado Guevara (caution/red card) – 90+1′

CCFC: Facundo Canete (caution) – 90+6′

NCFC: Julian Placias (caution) – 90+8′

Referee: Josh Parke

Assistant Referees: Derek Guerrier, Luis Solano

Fourth Official: John Matto

Weather: Clear, 62 degrees

Attendance: 1,112

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial


Head Coach Roy Lassiter

On tonight’s game …

“The boys showed a lot of effort tonight; we came to play. We studied our opponents well, and we had a game plan coming into the game. They’re (North Carolina FC) a good, seasoned, and experienced team. We wanted to come in and put up a good fight. They got their opportunity and scored. I felt that we had our opportunities as well, with there being a couple of offside calls that could be questionable, but referees are humans, too. We really wanted to come in and compete to win this game today, and the boys gave a good effort. These are games we have to learn from.”

On the rest of the season…

“The cup is a good experience. We’re playing teams that are a little bit more seasoned than us, and that’s okay. It’s a challenge, and I like the challenge, the players like the challenge, and none of us like to lose. We’ll use this game to learn from our mistakes. We’ll start with our upcoming match with Chicago on Monday. We will study Chicago, and then we will head there to compete and try to win the game.”