Greenville FC is set to christen their new home turf on Saturday as their rivals to the north make the trek to the greater Carolina for Carolina Clasico part deux. What can fans expect come Saturday night at Sirrine?
What to Watch For:
- Carolina Clasico: A rivalry renewed. Sure, Greenville may have fallen just short of the playoffs in their inaugural season, but they still took home a trophy. The green and gold swept both matches with Asheville last season and the Mill Town Operatives defeated the South Slope Blues in the home and away legs of the supporters’ competition. That beautiful hunk of wood has lived in the upstate ever since, and this team has no intention of letting it leave.
- New Home for Greenville: When Greenville first announced the move to Sirrine away from Eugene Stone, it was bittersweet. But now the time for mourning is gone and the new era of Greenville FC starts downtown. With a wealth of new sponsors and opportunities, how things go in their new home is definitely something to keep an eye on.
- Mill Town Operatives: Perhaps one of the most surprising aspects of Greenville’s inaugural season was the quick birth of a raucous supporters group. With much more time to prepare and plan coming into season two, you can expect things to be bigger and better.
Key Players for Asheville City:
- Paul Afful – #13 – midfielder: The brother of Columbus Crew standout Harrison has added a boost to the blues’ midfield. Look for Afful to be a big part of moving the ball through the midfield and set up Asheville’s attacks.
- Bruno Andrade – #10 – forward: Andrade did not play in the team’s opening match on Wednesday but I expect we may see him Saturday if he is available. He played extremely well against Greenville last year and will look to seek vengeance for getting swept last season.
- Jaime Smith – #4 – defender: Simlar to Andrade, Smith was a standout for Asheville last season and brings some experience to the Asheville back line. He will have his hands full with Greenville’s revitalized attack, but don’t expect goals to come easy.
The CASHINHO “Take It To The Bank” Prediction:
Greenville looked strong on the road against a good Revolution team last Saturday. Asheville had their moments at home on Wednesday against Inter Nashville but ultimately failed to score and lost 1-0. A short game week, a road trip to a raucous environment, and facing a much tougher Greenville side than they saw last year seems like a bad recipe for the northerners.
Greenville FC: 2 – Asheville City SC: 0
The match will take place at Sirrine Stadium in Greenville, SC at 7:00pm EST on Saturday May 11, 2019. Tickets can be purchased HERE. The game will be streamed. Stay tuned to Greenville FC’s Twitter account for the link closer to kickoff.