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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Unlucky 13 for Bulls in slugfest loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Posted By on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 12:24 AM

Photo by Orin DayDurham's Mikie Mahtook slides in safely at third. Durham manager Charlie Montoyo is at rear. RailRiders third baseman is Zelous Wheeler. Umpire is Joey Amaral.DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK Checking in on the Durham Bulls, who after 25 games are sporting the most wins of anybody in the International League. Of course that’s par for the course for a team that’s made the playoffs 12 times in its 16 seasons in the league.Tonight is Game 3 of a four-game set with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, erm, RailRiders. The former Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and Empire State Yankees are managed...

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

RailHawk resurrection: Carolina steamrolls Strikers 4-1 to extend home unbeaten streak to 17 games

Posted By on Sun, Apr 20, 2014 at 8:10 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK / CARY—At the outset of his postgame press conference, Zack Schilawski stared down for several seconds at the match stat sheet resting on the media room podium. “You scored two goals,” cracked one reporter, breaking the extended silence. Schilawski cackled. “Thanks, I couldn't believe it. I had to make sure.” Indeed, the most believable aspect to the Carolina RailHawks’ 4-1 win over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in Cary Saturday evening was that it extended the RailHawks’ extraordinary unbeaten streak at WakeMed Soccer Park to 17 games. Weather, a short preseason and an Easter weekend kept the 2014...

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Atlanta Ultras, supporters group for NASL's Silverbacks, hit with 3-game ban

Posted By on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 1:12 AM

UPDATE, 4-17-2014, 10:00 p.m.: Today, the Atlanta Silverbacks posted a press release to their team's website, officially confirming the three-game ban imposed on the Atlanta Ultras supporters group. In the release, the club attempting to clarify that this suspension was imposed by the club, not the NASL. The release states that "the league was not involved in the sanctions." The release also states that team president Andy Smith verbally informed the Ultras of these sanctions within 48 hours of last November's Soccer Bowl, but that a written reminder was delivered to the group earlier this week. In a post yesterday to their...

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Different game, different team: Carolina RailHawks 2014 NASL preview

Posted By on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 5:03 PM

No more wondering about roster additions. No more pining for boffo friendlies. And no more ice storms cancelling preseason scrimmages. Ready or not, the Carolina RailHawks open their 2014 season this weekend. The RailHawks travel to Indianapolis this Saturday to kick off their 2014 North American Soccer League (NASL) regular season. This year, a nine-game spring season will determine one berth in the newly minted four-team postseason playoffs. The RailHawks certainly face an uphill climb as one of the five NASL teams with only four homes games in the spring, one of three teams that both open and close...

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson discusses league expansion, playoffs, MLS, paid match streaming and other topics in advance of 2014 regular season kickoff

Posted By on Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 11:49 PM

On Tuesday, Bill Peterson, embarking on his second season as commissioner of the North American Soccer League (NASL), held a couple of media conference calls in advance of the 2014 NASL regular season, which kicks off this weekend. Next week, Peterson will visit North Carolina when he attends a Carolina RailHawks fan forum planned for Wednesday, April 16 at 6 p.m. in Raleigh. In the meantime, the RailHawks open their 2014 campaign this Saturday when they visit Indianapolis to take on Indy Eleven in the debut match for that new expansion club. Indy Eleven anticipates a sellout crowd of approximately...

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Merritt, Mudcats take series lead over Nationals in pitchers' duel

Posted By on Sat, Apr 5, 2014 at 10:18 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON Checking in on the Carolina Mudcats, who are off to a 1-1 start heading into their first Saturday night home game of the season. It’s Game 3 for new skipper Scooter Tucker against the Potomac Nationals - the current affiliates of the Washington Nationals, of course — who were long ago known as the Prince William Pirates.Photo by Dean Strickland O.D.Mudcats starter Ryan Merritt fires a strike against Potomac.Heading to the mound tonight for the Mudcats is Ryan Merritt (6-9, 3.42 at Lake County before a late callup to Zebulon last season.) The Nationals will counter with...

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Come fly with us: Triangle Soccer Fanatics reorganize and recruiting new members

Posted By on Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Oh when the ‘Hawks go marching in, Oh when the ‘Hawks go marching in, Lord how I want to be in that number, When the ‘Hawks go marching in. If you've ever attended a Carolina RailHawks game, you’re already familiar with the Triangle Soccer Fanatics (TSF). You’ve heard their chants and the bang of their bass drum. You've seen the flags, banners, posters and tifo. And you've watched the orange smoke envelope the 309 Depot, named for the section at WakeMed Soccer Park that the RailHawks’ supporters group calls home throughout the season. Now, TSF wants to hear from you. This week, the group officially...

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sands, Bulls come back to save Opening Night

Posted By on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 11:51 PM

Photo by Orin DayThe Durham Bulls showed off their massive new video board for the first time Thursday night.DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK The password is “Bulls Reborn” as the Bulls’ yard has a whole new look and feel for its 20th season. The place has undergone a $20 million renovation since last season, with a revamped entry plaza, a massive new video board inside the left-field “Blue Monster” and a huge club-level lounge behind home plate. Manager Charlie Montoyo is back for his eighth season as the Bulls begin defense of their Governors’ Cup title against the South Division rival...

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Play ball! Bulls, Mudcats open seasons in just a few hours

Posted By on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 12:19 AM

File photo by Chris BairdPitching should be a strength as the Bulls open defense of their Governors' Cup tonight.They’re at both ends of the full-season minor-league spectrum. The Durham Bulls, who have billed themselves as “America’s Favorite Minor League Team,” play at the Triple-A level, just one step from the Major League show. In their 17th season as the top affiliates of the Tampa Bay Rays, the Bulls are defending Governors Cup Champions and during their run have won that title four times plus one National Championship. The Carolina Mudcats play in the storied Class A-Advanced Carolina League, where they...

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