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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Dr. Jekyll, I presume? Carolina RailHawks cage Silverbacks 2-0, extend home unbeaten streak to 19 games

Posted By on Sun, May 18, 2014 at 1:51 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—Perhaps in no sport is home field advantage more pronounced than soccer. In England, it’s not uncommon for certain teams to go decades without winning a match on a perennial competitor’s home ground. But throughout the course of virtually any season, a team will win some on the road and lose some at home. Then there’s the Carolina RailHawks. The home versus road dichotomy Carolina has developed dating back to the end of its 2012 season is both pronounced and jarring. With its 2-0 win over the Atlanta Silverbacks Saturday evening before a season-high attendance of 5,527...

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

"Balls to the wall': Carolina RailHawks man the ramparts for 1-0 win over New York Cosmos

Posted By on Sun, May 4, 2014 at 2:58 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—After the Carolina RailHawks were thrashed 4-nil by the expansion boots of Ottawa Fury FC a mere week ago, the last thing anybody expected was that the RailHawks could rely on their defense for a win against the defending NASL champion New York Cosmos. But even after losing two players to bookings and another to injury, the RailHawks did just that, shutting out New York while riding a first-half goal from Ty Shipalane to a 1-0 win over the Cosmos. It was a tale of two halves. It took only 12 minutes for the RailHawks’ counterattacking strategy...

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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 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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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, February 27, 2014

NASL unveils new 2014 postseason format

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Today, the North American Soccer League (NASL) unveiled a new postseason championship format effective for the 2014 season. Branded “The Championship”—and conspicuously not “playoffs"—in the league's press release, the new format will comprise a four-team, two-weekend tournament with a semifinal round held the weekend of November 8-9 and the championship final held the following weekend, November 15-16. The tournament format, approved this week by the NASL Board of Governors, will feature the winners of the NASL’s spring and fall seasons at its top two seeds. The two season champs will be the top two seeds in the postseason, with the top seed...

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Carolina RailHawks release 2014 preseason schedule

Posted By on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 10:33 PM

The Carolina RailHawks do not open play in their 2014 North American Soccer League regular season until April 12. But with training camp now open, the club has solidified its preseason scrimmage schedule. According to David Vaught, the RailHawks’ Vice-President for Operations and Communications, the team’s preseason scrimmages will all take place at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. The following is a list of matches, including opponents and kickoff times: Sat., March 8: Charleston Battery - 2:00 p.m. Tues., March 18: UNC-Wilmington - 5:00 p.m. * Sat., March 22: UNC-Chapel Hill - 2:00 p.m. * Fri., March 28: N.C. State...

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Revamped NASL website introduces new features, subscription fee for live matches

Posted By on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Being a fan of lower-division soccer often carries an expectation of a lower standard of play and presentation. But for fans of the North American Soccer League (NASL), one upside to this has been free online streaming of matches. Now, that is coming to an end, but the league is betting that a newly designed website, with numerous bells and whistles, will be enough to entice fans to pay a $4.99 per month subscription fee. When Bill Peterson became commissioner of the NASL nearly 14 months ago, one of his stated goals was improving the league’s Internet presence. That aim...

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Lumps of coal: New NASL 2014 spring season truncates schedule and fairness

Posted By on Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the league Not a rumor was stirring, much less any intrigue When out of my  e-mail there arose such a clatter I sprang to my laptop to see what was the matter When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a shrinking spring season with just nine games to cheer More rapid than RailHawks its commands they came As the press release shouted and called teams by name! “Now Strikers! now, Silverbacks! now, Fury and Eddies! On, Cosmos! On, Indy! on Scorpions and Rowdies! For a berth in the Soccer Bowl! To...

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Soccerware: Carolina RailHawks complete 2013 campaign with 2-1 win over San Antonio, Clarke to return as manager in 2014

Posted By on Sun, Nov 3, 2013 at 11:42 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—It’s as if 2013 came full circle for the Carolina RailHawks during their regular season finale against the San Antonio Scorpions Saturday night in Cary. The crowd of 6,015—the largest home attendance since the RailHawks’ win over the LA Galaxy on May 29 in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup—was reminiscent of the sizable gates Carolina drew early in the season against the Galaxy, Pumas UNAM and, yes, San Antonio (6,708 saw the RailHawks and the Scorpions at WakeMed Soccer Park on May 11). On the field, Carolina put on a tactical and technical season retrospective: dominating...

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Parting thoughts on 2013 season as RailHawks prepare for finale against San Antonio

Posted By on Sat, Nov 2, 2013 at 10:42 AM

If the leading indicators prove true, then the Carolina RailHawks should end their season tonight with the best overall record of the 2013 NASL spring and fall seasons. They haven't lost at home all year, and the opponent is the bottom-dwelling San Antonio Scorpions. (I know, to write these thoughts down is to put the hex on the RailHawks, but if sports betting were legal in North Carolina, this is how we would handicap tonight's game.) When the split season format was unveiled, observers quickly noted the possibility—the likelihood even—of a team compiling the best overall record across the two...

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

RailHawks get the monkey off their back, defeat Atlanta Silverbacks 4-0

Posted By on Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 11:20 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—With two games left in the Carolina RailHawks’ 2013 campaign, there was only one NASL opponent they had not defeated this year: the Atlanta Silverbacks. In their three previous matchups, Carolina had lost once and tied twice. But the June 29 draw is undoubtedly the most impactful and memorable outcome. Carolina’s failure to get a win over Atlanta that night in Cary kept the RailHawks from clinching the league’s spring title. That missed opportunity became a full-blown collapse five days later when Carolina’s loss in San Antonio, coupled with Atlanta’s win in Minnesota, handed the spring crown...

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

No place like home: Carolina RailHawks stifle Strikers 2-0 to snap four game winless skid

Posted By on Sun, Sep 29, 2013 at 10:52 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—The flaccid first half of Saturday’s match between the Carolina RailHawks and Fort Lauderdale Strikers was a sort of soccer Rorschach test. For detractors, it was indicative of everything they dislike about “organized kickball.” For aficionados, it was an inelegant chess match, a back-and-forth between two teams who understood the importance of the game’s outcome and didn’t want cede a critical mistake. Of course, it’s hard to muster many mistakes both teams have only two off-target shots the entire half. And with league position and the reputation of the sport hanging in the balance, the RailHawks rose to the...

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Weird science: Late RailHawks goal salvages 2-2 draw with Rowdies

Posted By on Sun, Sep 15, 2013 at 8:30 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—Both the Carolina RailHawks and Tampa Bay Rowdies continued individual unbeaten streaks in the wake of their 2-2 draw Saturday night in Cary. But only one team appeared in a celebratory mood. The Rowdies (2-5-0, 11 pts.) extended their overall unbeaten run to nine games, which now includes four wins and five draws. Meanwhile, the RailHawks (3-2-2, 11 pts.) ran their home unbeaten streak to 13 matches, with 11 wins and 2 draws over both NASL and U.S. Open Cup play in 2013. However, each team surrendered leads Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park, and by leaving...

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Hey Triangle, are you ready for some futball?

Posted By on Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Photo by Joannah IrvinWith Brian Shriver looking on, Ty Shipalane looks for daylight during the Carolina RailHawks 1-0 win over Minnesota United FC on Aug. 24 at WakeMed Soccer Park in CaryBeyond the regular slate of high school football, most Triangle gridirons will remain quiet this weekend. Neither North Carolina nor N.C. State have games on their schedules—the Wolfpack is preparing to host No. 3 Clemson next Thursday, while the Tar Heels travels to Georgia Tech on Sept. 21. Both N.C. Central and Shaw are playing on the road. The only option for anyone needing to sate their appetite for...

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Defend the nest: RailHawks splinters Minnesota United 1-0

Posted By on Sun, Aug 25, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Photo by Joannah IrwinJulius James (left) and Breiner Ortiz harass Minnesota's Simone Bracalello as Pablo Campos looks on. WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—On October 6, 2012, the Carolina RailHawks lost 2-1 to the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the first leg of the North American Soccer League (NASL) playoff semifinals. It’s the last time the RailHawks suffered defeat in a competitive match at WakeMed Soccer Park. Saturday evening in Cary, the RailHawks ground out a workmanlike 1-0 victory over Minnesota United FC. That now makes eight wins and one draw for Carolina out of nine league home matches. In addition, the RailHawks...

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Life of Brian: Shriver's scoring takes flight as Carolina RailHawks hosts Minnesota United FC

Posted By on Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM

File photo by Rob KinnanBrian Shriver celebrates his game-winning goal during the Carolina RailHawks 3-2 victory over Minnesota United on June 22 at WakeMed Soccer ParkFor all the understandable gnashing of teeth over the Carolina RailHawks’ inability to convert goals with the same frequency and precision as the opportunities generated by their creative cadre of attacking midfielders, supporters risk overlooking the potent scoring pace of Brian Shriver. Before arriving in Carolina last season, the former North Carolina Tar Heels standout scored 10 goals in 49 appearances during his three-year stint with Miami FC-cum-Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Last year, a promising start...

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Little Town Blues: Brian Shriver's brace leads RailHawks to win over Cosmos

Posted By on Sun, Aug 18, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Photo by Joannah IrvinNew York Cosmos defender Hunter Gorskie pleads his case after being whistled for a penalty during a 3-0 loss to the Carolina RailHawks Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NCWAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “cosmos” as “an orderly harmonious systematic universe.” However, there was little that was orderly or harmonious Saturday evening when the New York Cosmos visited a soggy WakeMed Soccer Park to face the Carolina RailHawks. Through rain that oscillated between steady and misty throughout the night—and held an expected bumper attendance to merely 4,096 hardy souls—the teams grappled their way to...

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

RailHawks Reboot: Carolina defeats FC Edmonton 1-0 to open NASL Fall campaign

Posted By on Sun, Aug 4, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Photo by Joannah IrvinBrian Shriver scrambles in front of goal during the Carolina RailHawks' 1-0 win over FC Edmonton Saturday night at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NCWAKEMED SOCCER PARK/CARY—Saturday night marked the long-awaited return of an important member of the North American Soccer League (NASL) family, a club with a proud pedigree whose championship form was curtailed by an ignominious, disappointing demise. The occasion was accompanied by media coverage, pregame festivities, the return of several of the team’s important players and even atmospheric pyrotechnics. I’m referring, of course, to the Carolina RailHawks, which opened the NASL Fall Season with...

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Molting season: Colin Clarke discusses Carolina RailHawks prep for NASL Fall season, including Floyd Franks - Bryan Arguez trade

Posted By on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 4:55 PM

File photo by DL AndersonFloyd Franks fends off Robbie Rogers during the Carolina RailHawks' U.S. Open Cup win over the LA Galaxy on May 29According to ornithologists, molting in birds occurs in response to hormonal shifts brought on by seasonal changes. Nature times the molting cycle to occur when it would be most ideal. Following the Carolina RailHawks’ collapse to complete the North American Soccer League (NASL) Spring season, a month-long seasonal change came just in time. Carolina’s Spring included a 12-game regular season plus four midweek matches in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup that left an injury-depleted RailHawks...

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

RailHawk Down: San Antonio Scorpions stings Carolina 2-0, Atlanta defeats Minnesota to win NASL Spring title

Posted By on Thu, Jul 4, 2013 at 11:57 PM

TOYOTA FIELD/WEBCAST—When the Carolina RailHawks completed a dramatic comeback victory over Minnesota United FC two weeks ago at WakeMed Soccer Park, that victory plus ensuing circumstances meant Carolina had two games—one at home, one on the road—to earn two points and win the North American Soccer League (NASL) Spring season title. Beat the Atlanta Silverbacks last Saturday in Cary, NC? Carolina wins the Spring. Win or draw with the San Antonio Scorpions on Independence Day? The RailHawks wins the Spring. Neither of those events happened, as the Scorpions defeated the RailHawks 2-0 Thursday night in San Antonio. That loss combined...

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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Monkey Wrench: Atlanta Silverbacks and Carolina RailHawks draw 1-1, setting up Independence Day showdowns for NASL Spring season title

Posted By on Sun, Jun 30, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Rob KinnanAustin da Luz fires a near-goal early in the second half of the Carolina RailHawks' 1-1 draw with the Atlanta Silverbacks at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NCWAKEMED SOCCER PARK/CARY—For Carolina RailHawks fans, Saturday’s result with the Atlanta Silverbacks brought some good news and some bad news. First, the positives. For the fifth consecutive NASL match, the RailHawks turned an 80th minute deficit into points when Austin da Luz’s header off a corner kick in the 89th minute proved the equalizer in a 1-1 draw with the Silverbacks. Indeed, given Carolina’s recent run of late game heroics, the biggest...

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Cardiac Hawks: Carolina RailHawks scores another comeback victory, 3-2 over Minnesota United FC

Posted By on Sun, Jun 23, 2013 at 2:04 AM

Rob KinnanBrian Shriver celebrates his game-winning goal in the Carolina RailHawks 3-2 comeback victory over Minnesota United FC at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NCWAKEMED SOCCER PARK/CARY—Wow. In four straight NASL games—all in the month of June—the Carolina RailHawks have passed the 80th minute of play trailing their opponent. And the RailHawks have won or drawn all four. The latest Saturday night in Cary was perhaps the sweetest and most important. After going down two goals early to Minnesota United FC, Carolina still found themselves trailing 2-1 heading into the final minutes of full time. But two late goals by...

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Injury bug bites Carolina RailHawks ahead of pivotal NASL and U.S. Open Cup week

Posted By on Sat, Jun 22, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Entering the most important week of the 2013 season thus far, the Carolina RailHawks finds themselves a mere point below the top of the North American Soccer League (NASL) table. The reasons for Carolina’s success are multiple, including an unblemished home record, good team chemistry and savvy midseason roster additions. All those factors will need to come into play this Saturday when Carolina hosts third-place Minnesota United FC at WakeMed Soccer Park. And next Saturday, June 29, the RailHawks welcomes the currently league-leading Atlanta Silverbacks to Cary. Two victories would put Carolina at least two points ahead of Atlanta entering...

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