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1. Dave Sarachan began his tenure as North Carolina FC head coach with a 4-1 victory over two-time defending USL champion Louisville City. The former U.S. men's national team coach termed the win "a terrific start against what I would still consider a great team in Louisville.” Lou City is coached by John Hackworth, the former U.S. U-17 coach who worked as Sarachan's assistant on the national team for part of 2018. Cameroonian Donovan Ewolo led NCFC with one goal and one assist, while former U.S. U-17 midfielder Tommy McCabe, on loan from FC Cincinnati, new signing Robbie Kristo and second-year Dutchman Marios Lomis also scored.

USL Championship: Week 1 Results

2. Expansion New Mexico United set a USL Championship Week 1 attendance record with a sellout crowd of 12,896 at Isotopes Park for its 1-1 tie with Fresno FC. Three other expansion teams drew sellouts: El Paso Locomotive (8,324), Memphis 901 (8,062) and Birmingham Legion (5,807). In all, the 17 games on the opening weekend drew 90,189 fans for an average of 5,305 fans, the highest for the opening weekend of the season in the league’s history.

3. The Tacoma Defiance used 10 teenagers in its 1-0 win over Rio Grande Valley FC.  The winning goal was was scored by 17-year-old forward Alec Diaz, while 19-year-old goalkeeper Trey Muse, the Seattle Sounders' Homegrown Player signing out of Indiana, made two saves for the shutout in his pro debut. Of the 10 teenagers, only Gambian defender Modou Ndow is not a product of the Sounders' academy program. The youngest starter was 15-year-old midfielder Danny Leyva.
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