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FC Tucson looks for win at home vs. North Carolina FC

Local soccer side seeks steadier performance after loss to Tormenta

FC Tucson is hoping to right the ship on Saturday night in a match against North Carolina FC at Kino North Stadium.

The team will be without forward Louis Pérez, who is suspended after a red card in last week’s collapse against Tormenta FC. Defender Kaelon Fox came in late in the match after a long recovery from injury. Fox is expected to start the match, which team staff believes will help steady the back line.

North Carolina has had a poor a season so far as FC Tucson has. After starting off with a win against Tormenta, they followed with two losses and a draw.

Despite the bad start, North Carolina can boast of two players named Nelson, defender Nelson Flores Blanco and midfielder Nelson Martínez, who got a call up to the El Salvador national team for a match against Panama in Cary, N. C. on May 1. Blanco got a start, while Martínez was on the bench.

Since the season is only five matches in, a win by FC Tucson could catapult them as many as six places up the table.

The match starts at 7 p.m. It will be Teacher Appreciation Night.

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FC Tucson fans at last Saturday's match against Tormenta FC.