Hammerheads host Charlotte in rare Tuesday home game


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Hammerheads will host Charlotte on Tuesday night at Legion Stadium. It’l be a 7pm start. “Charlotte is unbeaten in the last five games,” per Wilmington head coach Mark Briggs. “They are on a roll. They are second in the league I think. Obviously we need to gain three points. If you don’t take chances, then you don’t win games. It’s about putting the ball in the back of the net which is what we focus on. We have to just keep on working on that and hopefully one of forwards or one of our midfielders will step up to the plate and accept our challenge.”

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WILMINGTON, NC (CHARLOTTE RELEASE) — The Charlotte Independence (5-2-0) will make a quick turnaround following their 1-0 victory over FC Montreal on Saturday, May 7, and travel to Wilmington, NC, to face Hammerheads FC (2-3-2) on Tuesday, May 10. Tuesday night’s match will be the first of two road games for the Independence this week, as the club then travels to Rochester, NY on Saturday, May 14, to face the defending USL Champion Rhinos.

The Independence enters Wilmington as the second overall seed in the Eastern Conference and is riding a four-game winning streak, including back-to-back shutouts in its last two matches. Charlotte’s defense has allowed opponents just 18 shots on goal over the last four matches and goalkeeper Cody Mizell has made 14 saves in the same time frame. Meanwhile, Enzo Martinez has paced the offense with three goals and one assist during the win streak, while forward Caleb Calvert has added two goals and an assist.

Wilmington this season has seen five different players score goals, lead by Bruno Perone with two. Goalkeeper John Smits has allowed just six goals in seven matches, as each of the Hammerheads’ three losses have been by a single goal. The club’s most recent loss, a 1-0 decision, came on the road against the Richmond Kickers on Saturday, May 7. The Hammerheads have been on the road the last two weeks, and earned a 1-1 draw at FC Cincinnati before traveling to Richmond.

Tuesday’s match will be the first of three between the Independence and Hammerheads this season, but the following two games will be played at Ramblewood Stadium in Charlotte. Last season the clubs played two games in Wilmington and one in Charlotte. The Independence earned a 1-1 draw against the Hammerheads on April 3, 2015, a 1-0 victory at Wilmington on Sept. 3, 2015, and a 2-2 draw in Charlotte on Sept. 5, 2015.

Kickoff between the Independence and Hammerheads is schedule for 7:00pm ET at Legion Stadium. The match will be available live at youtube.com/USL.

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WILMINGTON, NC (HAMMERHEADS) — Wilmington Hammerheads FC announce the addition of forward Casey Townsend from Oklahoma City Energy FC.

Townsend, 26, played college soccer at the University of Maryland between 2008 and 2011. The University of Maryland hits home for a few other Hammerheads including General Manager, Jason Arnold, and Midfielder, Mael Corboz. During his time at Maryland, Townsend was named as a 2011 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Semifinalist, 2011 NSCAA All-American First Team and All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team in both 2010 and 2011.

After college, Townsend’s professional career took off starting when Chivas USA selected Townsend in the first round (No. 5 overall) of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. Townsend made his debut as a 77th-minute substitute during a 1-0 loss against Houston Dynamo on March 11, 2012.

On January 25, 2013, Townsend was traded to D.C. United in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.

On March 19, 2013, Townsend was loaned to United’s USL Pro affiliate Richmond Kickers for the 2013 season. Townsend scored his first goals for Richmond on April 13, 2013 en route to a 4–1 victory over Charleston Battery. His immediate success in Richmond, along with United’s scoring woes to begin the 2013 campaign resulted in Townsend being recalled for the April 21 fixture against Philadelphia, although Townsend did not make an appearance.

Townsend would make his debut with D.C. United on May 11, 2013 when the club played at FC Dallas. Townsend’s first shot of the game came in the ninth minute, which hit off the post. Townsend played for the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the NASL in 2014, and signed with the Oklahoma City Energy FC of the USL Pro for the 2015 season.

Townsend elaborated on his joining of the Hammerheads, “I have heard only good things about the Wilmington Hammerheads organization. They have good coaching staff in place, as well as a very good team that wants to compete for a championship. I hope to score some goals and help them in any way I can.”

Head coach Mark Briggs stated, “Casey will be a fantastic addition to our squad and hopefully bring us much needed firepower. He has the experience and drive to help us in many ways.”

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