Andres Flores has feasted on North Carolina FC over the past few years. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)
CARY, N.C. — The Cosmos will put their eight-game road unbeaten streak on the line when they visit North Carolina FC Sunday.
The two-time defending North American Soccer League champions will play at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. at 4 p.m. (MSG Networks).
New York (5-0-3) last lost an away game since last season. As it turns out, the streak began with a 2-0 victory over North Carolina Sept. 29, 2016.
In the NASL spring season, the Cosmos (3-1-4, 13 points) are in fourth place while NC (4-3-2, 14) is in third.
The Cosmos are coming off last Saturday’s scoreless draw at home against the San Francisco Deltas, a result that extended the team’s unbeaten run to six games in the spring. Midfielder Emmanuel Ledesma earned his second man of the match honors this season after another strong performance.
North Carolina prepares to host the Cosmos after a 2-1 loss to Jacksonville Armada FC. The Cosmos should keep an eye on midfielder Tiyi Shipalane, whose goal from distance against the Armada was named the NASL play of the week. Another player to watch is midfielder Lance Laing, who leads the NASL in crosses (55), is tied for the assist lead (3) and is tied for second in goals (4). Laing is the only player in the league with multiple goals from outside the box, netting two.
The Cosmos have a 6-4-1 record against North Carolina FC. New York has not lost in the last six meetings between the teams, emerging victorious in five games while outscoring it foes, 15-4.
Cosmos midfielder Andrés Flores has feasted against North Carolina, recording three goals and four assists in the last five games between the teams.
Captain and defender Carlos Mendes was named to the NASL team of the week for Week 10. He won five duels and made two clearances, while distributing the ball with a passing accuracy of 88 percent in the scoreless draw with San Francisco, the side’s fourth shutout this season.
Goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer has kept three clean sheets this season, tied for second in the league with Miami FC’s Danie Vega.