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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Carolina RailHawks exercise contract options on six players, decline on five others

Posted By on Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 3:02 PM

The Carolina RailHawks announced today that it has exercised contract options on six players for the 2015 North American Soccer League (NASL) season. The club picked up the options of midfielders Leo Osaki, Nazmi Albadawi and Tiyi Shipalane, defenders Daniel Scott and Connor Tobin, and forward Daniel Jackson. They will join striker Nacho Novo, who is already under contract with the RailHawks for 2015. Chief among the contract optionees is Shipalane, who will return to Carolina for his fifth season. The speedy South African playmaker has 19 goals in 91 appearances for his RailHawks’ career. In 2014, he scored five...

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Colin Clarke returns as head coach of Carolina RailHawks

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 2:52 PM

The Carolina RailHawks announced today that the club has agreed to terms with head coach Colin Clarke for the 52-year-old Ulsterman to remain manager of the Cary-based soccer team. Clarke’s new contract is described as a “multi-year deal,” although no further details were disclosed by the club. Clarke coached the 2014 season in the final year of his original three-year contract with Carolina. This is new deal will make Clarke the longest tenure coach in RailHawks franchise history. Clarke took charge of Carolina in 2012 after a five-season stint as manager of the Puerto Rico Islanders, where he won the...

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

The night the lights went out in Cary: Carolina RailHawks tie Minnesota United 2-2 to conclude 2014 NASL season

Posted By on Sun, Nov 2, 2014 at 10:16 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—Just as the Carolina RailHawks and Minnesota United FC were set to kick off the second half of last night’s match in Cary, a power surge doused the floodlights at WakeMed Soccer Park, momentarily enveloping the main stadium in total darkness. It proved a jackhammer-subtle metaphor for what would unfold in two different soccer matches over the ensuing hour, culminating with the RailHawks’ 2-2 draw with Minnesota United and the end of Carolina’s 2014 season. The party was over … turn out the lights. The RailHawks knew that Saturday was their final home game of 2014. The...

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Subtraction by addition: Carolina RailHawks draw 1-1 with Fort Lauderdale, but lose ground in playoff race

Posted By on Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 2:19 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—Throughout the 2014 regular season (heck, even last year, too), the Carolina RailHawks have displayed an uncanny ability to play counter to their given situation. Anytime the RailHawks appear on the verge of falling out of a possible berth in the NASL’s four-team postseason tournament, the team will reel off two or three unexpected victories to again grab the reins of their destiny. Then, just as promptly, Carolina will squander their reacquired fortunes, placing themselves back on the precipice of heartbreak. The fickle foot of fate once again dealt a blow to the RailHawks Saturday night with...

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Heavy Traffic: Carolina RailHawks in flux following sale of Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 10:49 AM

When the Fort Lauderdale Strikers announced last week that Traffic Sports USA was selling controlling interest in the North American Soccer League (NASL) club to a Brazilian investment group, chatter ensued about the effect this would have on various soccer entities. But besides the Strikers themselves, the group most affected by this sale is the Carolina RailHawks. Carolina is now the last NASL team owned by Traffic Sports USA, the American arm of the Brazil-based sports management company that not only bankrolled a large portion of the NASL after its breakaway from the United Soccer Leagues (USL), but also once...

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Back Nine: Carolina RailHawks outlast New York Cosmos in 5-4 thriller

Posted By on Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 1:49 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—When a time capsule is planted under the center circle of WakeMed Soccer Park to inform, a millennia hence, our planet of ape overlords or extraterrestrial invaders about the history of the Carolina RailHawks Football Club, the first artifact included must be a recording of the RailHawks’ 5-4 victory over the New York Cosmos Saturday evening in Cary, NC. The game encapsulates every variance of RailHawks teams through the years. First, there was a stultifying lack of scoring, aided by sound defending, ineffective finishing, tentative possession and lots of long balls forward. After halftime was the blazing...

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Something old, new and borrowed: Carolina RailHawks kick home blues with 3-1 win over San Antonio Scorpions

Posted By on Sun, Sep 14, 2014 at 12:52 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—Facing the prospect of the first four-match home losing streak in club history, it was all boots on deck for the Carolina RailHawks. The long-awaited arrival of Nacho Novo—check. The short-term loan acquisition of a Major League Soccer striker in Devon Sandoval from Real Salt Lake—check. Prying Zack Schilawski away from his law school studies for a few hours—check. Indeed, all three players saw action against the NASL-leading San Antonio Scorpions Saturday evening at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. However, it was a different trio of RailHawks who scaled the scoring column to pace Carolina to a...

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Nacho Novo, Glasgow Rangers legend, signs with Carolina RailHawks

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 1:50 PM

The Carolina RailHawks’ long-gestating rumor is now official: Nacho Novo, the lauded Spanish striker who spent seven seasons with Glasgow Rangers of the Scottish Premier League, has signed with the RailHawks of the North American Soccer League (NASL). The 35-year-old Novo, who last played this spring for Carlisle United in England’s League One, traveled to North Carolina in June to trial with the RailHawks and also took in a few of the club’s matches. Novo and the club agreed to contractual terms several weeks later. However, immigration entanglements delayed Novo joining the team until this week. After arriving in North...

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Train wrecked: Atlanta Silverbacks defeat anemic Carolina RailHawks 2-0 for third straight home loss

Posted By on Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 9:24 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—Colin Clarke said he didn’t recall a more lackluster home performance in his three seasons as manager of the Carolina RailHawks than their 2-0 loss to the Atlanta Silverbacks Saturday evening at WakeMed Soccer Park. There are few, if any, who would disagree. After earning their second straight road victory last week at Tampa Bay, the RailHawks were hoping to notch three points at home and solidify their fourth-place position in the North American Soccer League (NASL) yearly standings, good for the final berth in the year-end NASL Championship playoffs. Instead, the loss to Atlanta drops...

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Penalty-palooza: Carolina RailHawks clipped 3-2 by FC Edmonton for third home loss in fall season

Posted By on Sun, Aug 17, 2014 at 2:34 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—For the second straight week, the Carolina RailHawks fell behind to an opponent at WakeMed Soccer Park. For the second straight week, the RailHawks and Zack Schilawski, the team’s leading scorer, clawed back to tie the match in the second half and appeared poised to grab a win. And for the second straight week, the RailHawks ended up losing the match anyway. After grabbing an early lead that lasted through halftime, the RailHawks surrendered three second-half goals on their way to a 3-2 loss to FC Edmonton in front of 4,666 fans. The defeat is Carolina’s third...

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Zack Schilawski of Carolina RailHawks to enter law school, possibly ending his pro soccer playing career

Posted By on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Watching last weekend’s Carolina RailHawks game in Cary, you wouldn't know that Zack Schilawski might be nearing the end of his professional soccer playing career. With Carolina down two goals to the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Schilawski led an early second-half charge, scoring one goal and assisting another. As the RailHawks again surrendered the lead late in the game, the Cary-born striker could be seen trying to fire up his teammates. And after the eventual loss, he stood at a podium in front of the media and obligingly answered their questions, but he visibly wore an agony of defeat that...

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Tampa Bay Rowdies grind out wet and wild 4-3 win over Carolina RailHawks

Posted By on Sun, Aug 10, 2014 at 1:46 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—Coming off an improbable and important road win against the New York Cosmos last week, the Carolina RailHawks returned to the erstwhile comfortable confines of WakeMed Soccer Park Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. However, Carolina stumbled out of the starting gate, eventually falling 4-3 to the Rowdies in a wet and wild match. It is Tampa Bay’s first regular season win over the RailHawks in Cary since May 2010, during its pre-Rowdies days when the team was named FC Tampa Bay. The RailHawks, once unbeatable at their home roost, have lately been anything but. Saturday’s...

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Carolina RailHawks trade Cesar Elizondo to San Antonio Scorpions for Danny Barrera

Posted By on Tue, Aug 5, 2014 at 6:59 PM

The Carolina RailHawks and San Antonio Scorpions have agreed to a trade that sends Costa Rican midfielder Cesar Elizondo to the Scorpions in return for 24-year-old midfielder Danny Barrera. Elizondo, who arrived in Carolina in advance of their 2013 season, became a regular in the RailHawks' starting XI, appearing in 12 games this year and earning three assists in 777 total minutes played. The Columbia-born Barrera, who came to San Antonio last offseason, appeared in 13 games this season and compiled a goal and two assists in nine starts and 830 minutes played. He spent the two previous seasons with the...

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Carolina RailHawks sign former Elon and MLS midfielder Gabe Latigue

Posted By on Tue, Aug 5, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Today, the Carolina RailHawks announced the signing of midfielder Gabe Latigue. Per club policy, the terms of the contract were not disclosed. Latigue played soccer at Panther Creek High School in Cary and then Elon University. He was drafted by the New England Revolution in the 4th round of the 2013 Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft. He eventually signed a contract with the Revolution and was loaned out to the Rochester Rhinos for the 2013 season. Latigue made 16 appearances with the Rhinos and was named to the USL Pro Team of the Week in early July. Unfortunately, the following...

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Zack attack: Carolina RailHawks calm Ottawa Fury 3-0

Posted By on Sun, Jul 27, 2014 at 1:38 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—There was a palpable sense of relief among players, coaches and the 4,294 in attendance following the Carolina RailHawks’ 3-0 victory over Ottawa Fury FC Saturday evening in Cary. Sure, the win snaps the RailHawks’ four-match losing streak in NASL play, a skid that saw Carolina outscored 11-2. But what truly shook the RailHawks’ collective confidence was that after a 23-game home unbeaten run, Carolina had lost two straight matches at WakeMed Soccer Park: FC Dallas in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup and previously winless Indy Eleven. Chronic losing on the road is one thing....

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Indy Eleven one-ups 10-man Carolina RailHawks 2-1 to open NASL fall season

Posted By on Sun, Jul 13, 2014 at 2:04 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—It was supposed to be a stroll in the Park. On one side were the Carolina RailHawks, riding a 17-match home unbeaten streak against their North American Soccer League (NASL) competition. Moreover, four weeks ago, Carolina defeated Chivas USA of Major League Soccer (MLS) in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup; less than three weeks ago, they did the same thing to Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and the LA Galaxy. On the other end was Indy Eleven, an expansion NASL side without a single win in nine regular season games this year. Indy Eleven surrendered 20 goals...

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Carolina's cup runneth dry: FC Dallas downs RailHawks 5-2, ending U.S. Open Cup run and home unbeaten streak

Posted By on Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 12:59 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—The first question posed to Enzo Martinez after FC Dallas’ 5-2 win over the Carolina RailHawks Wednesday night in Cary was whether the RailHawks’ early opening goal conjured confidence that the WakeMed Soccer Park magic would again propel them to victory over a Major League Soccer opponent. Before the Carolina midfielder could respond, florescent light bulbs flicked off, temporary cloaking the media room in darkness. No further response was really necessary. After surrendering one goal and nearly another over the opening 20 minutes of their quarterfinal match in the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, a speedy,...

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Donovan scores (not that one): Carolina RailHawks down Puebla FC 2-1 in international friendly

Posted By on Sun, Jul 6, 2014 at 8:44 PM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—Donovan finally scored a goal at WakeMed Soccer Park. Just not the Donovan you were expecting. Nearly two weeks ago, Landon Donovan and his LA Galaxy were blanked by the Carolina RailHawks on Field 2 in the fifth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. This afternoon, back on the newly laid Bermuda turf of WakeMed Soccer Stadium, 18-year-old Conor Donovan started at center back for the RailHawks against Puebla F.C., the venerable Mexican club. Donovan’s header goal in the 38th minute gave the RailHawks the early lead, and Carolina held on for a 2-1 win...

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Three-beat: Carolina RailHawks defeat Donovan and LA Galaxy 1-0 in U.S. Open Cup

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 2:06 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—Shots: 31 to 6. Corner kicks: 11 to 4. Time of possession: seemingly infinity to nil. In virtually every statistical category, the LA Galaxy held sway over the Carolina RailHawks during their fifth round match in the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Except one. Goals: 1-0 RailHawks It was the third consecutive year the RailHawks have hosted and now dispatched the Galaxy from the U.S. Open Cup. But unlike the previous two tournaments, this year was supposed to be different. First, Galaxy manager Bruce Arena actually made the trip to Cary (unlike 2013). The game didn’t...

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Report: Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane Carolina-bound for Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup match versus RailHawks

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Uh, Carolina RailHawks … I think you’re gonna need some bigger bleachers. In an online report posted today by LA Galaxy Insider Adam Serrano, both Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane stated they believe they’ll be available for selection in next Tuesday’s match against the RailHawks in the fifth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The game takes place on Field 2 at WakeMed Soccer Park and kicks off at 7 p.m. This follows and confirms information provided to INDY Week yesterday by a reliable source that the Galaxy intends to bring their full available squad to Cary next week. This will...

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Kick in the Grass: Carolina RailHawks host LA Galaxy next Tuesday, but will you have a seat?

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 9:02 AM

With their 2-1 win over Arizona United SC last night, the LA Galaxy advanced to the fifth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Their next opponent is a familiar interleague foe: the Carolina RailHawks. The RailHawks have hosted the Galaxy in Open Cup competition two straight years. And for two straight years, the RailHawks have defeated the Galaxy, eliminating them from the tournament. But unlike 2012 and 2013, when the Galaxy games set RailHawks attendance records, this year’s clash will be a decidedly more intimate affair. The RailHawks-Galaxy match next Tuesday, June 24 will not be played in...

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Great Scott: Goodwin the newest RailHawks U.S. Open Cup hero as Carolina defeats Chivas USA

Posted By on Sun, Jun 15, 2014 at 2:53 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—In soccer, it’s commonly called a penalty shootout. However, the Laws of the Game officially refer to the tiebreaker as “kicks from the penalty mark.” Regardless of the moniker, it’s a construct that’s long been the subject of intense fan debate. Some decry it as a contrived method to determine the winner of a hard-fought match, something akin to deciding a basketball game by a free throw shooting contest or an American football game by alternating 30-yard field goal attempts. Others point out that after 120 minutes of exhausting play between teams allowed only three substitutions all...

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Turf burned - FC Edmonton pummels Carolina RailHawks 6-1 to close NASL spring season

Posted By on Sun, Jun 8, 2014 at 9:07 PM

WEBCAST—For all the rapturous hosannas heaped on the Carolina RailHawks following their home win last Saturday, their Mr. Hyde side was on acute display this afternoon at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton. It’s a lunacy of silver linings to note that the RailHawks doubled their 2014 road goal output during today’s 6-1 shellacking at the feet/heads of FC Edmonton. It’s sobering reality to point out that the Eddies’ goal total today alone exceeded their overall 2014 goal output coming into the match (five) by 120 percent. The die was cast a mere 37 seconds in when Daryl Fordyce maneuvered through a porous RailHawks defense...

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

The return of the prodigal goalscorer: Carolina RailHawks defeat Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-0, extend 21 home match unbeaten streak

Posted By on Sun, Jun 1, 2014 at 1:12 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—After Brian Shriver scored two goals for the Carolina RailHawks in their last game of 2013, giving him a personal- and league-best 15 for the year, the NASL Golden Boot winner alluded to his future plans. “I love it here, and hopefully things work out,” the out-of-contract Shriver said at the time. “But in the end it is a business, so we’ll see what happens.” Quite understandably, what happened was that Shriver took the money and ran to Tampa Bay, signing a lucrative contract with the newly flush Rowdies. However, 2014 hasn’t proven as fruitful for Shriver...

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Carolina RailHawks clip Charlotte Eagles 2-0 to advance in U.S. Open Cup

Posted By on Thu, May 29, 2014 at 12:21 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—The last time the Carolina RailHawks faced the Charlotte Eagles in a competitive soccer match was the first round of the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The RailHawks won that game 1-0 at WakeMed Soccer Park. Four years later, another U.S. Open Cup clash between the in-state avian rivals produced a similar outcome. The RailHawks clipped the Eagles 2-0 Wednesday evening in Cary, paced by two first-half goals from Nazmi Albadawi and Jun Marques Davidson. Carolina now advances to the third round of the 2014 Open Cup and will host Chivas USA of Major League Soccer...

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