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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Got your goat: Carolina RailHawks outlasts Chivas USA 3-1 to advance to quarterfinals of U.S. Open Cup

Posted By on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 1:48 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/CARY—Two weeks ago, history repeated itself when, for the second straight year, the Carolina RailHawks ousted the LA Galaxy in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and advanced to host C.D. Chivas USA. For about 90-plus minutes Wednesday night in Cary, it looked as though history might repeat itself again. As with their Open Cup match last year, the RailHawks and Chivas USA entered the game’s latter stages tied 1-1. Yes, Carolina scored in the first half this year before Chivas equalized in the second, the reverse of last year’s order. However, that merely...

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Let sleeping 'Hawks lie: Carolina RailHawks score two stoppage-time goals to nab 2-1 win over Tampa Bay Rowdies

Posted By on Sun, Jun 9, 2013 at 2:35 AM

File photo by Jeremy M. LangeTy Shipalane of the Carolina RailHawks WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/CARY—What a difference seven minutes can make. Despite playing a man up for nearly 50 minutes, the Carolina RailHawks found themselves facing a turning point in the NASL Spring season late in their match against the Tampa Bay Rowdies Saturday evening in Cary. At 9:05 p.m., Tampa Bay’s Devin Del Do scored a stunning 87th minute goal to give the outgunned Rowdies a 1-0 lead and an apparent improbable victory over the stymied and frustrated RailHawks. Just over 380 miles away, the NASL table-topping Atlanta Silverbacks was...

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Coming out: Robbie Rogers, Stephen Bickford and a new future for gay athletes

Posted By on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Photo by D.L. AndersonRobbie Rogers (right) battles the RailHawks' Floyd Franks. When Robbie Rogers took the field against the Carolina RailHawks last week, he expected to be booed. But he wanted to be booed like any other opposing player. By the time Rogers entered the game, it was the 63rd minute and his team was behind 2-0. His entrance into the game was barely noticed. And that was probably as it should have been. The 26-year-old Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder is not new to the professional soccer world, and he’s even made 18 appearances for the national team. However, after...

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Going back to Cali: Carolina RailHawks oust L.A. Galaxy from U.S. Open Cup with 2-0 victory

Posted By on Thu, May 30, 2013 at 1:42 AM

Derek AndersonRobbie Roger and Floyd Franks grapple during the Carolina RailHawks' 2-0 U.S. Open Cup win over the L.A. Galaxy at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—Moments after his Carolina RailHawks upset the L.A. Galaxy for the second consecutive year in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, manager Colin Clarke paused on the pitch during his walk back to the team’s locker room, gazing up into the gradually emptying grandstands as if to soak up the revelous atmosphere generated all evening by the club record 8,121 fans in attendance. Minutes later, Clarke entered the media room for...

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Robbie Rogers, L.A. Galaxy arrive in N.C. in advance of U.S. Open Cup match against Carolina RailHawks

Posted By on Tue, May 28, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Neil MorrisThe L.A. Galaxy train Tuesday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—On Tuesday afternoon, the L.A. Galaxy took to the pristine pitch of Field 3 at WakeMed Soccer Park for a training session in advance of Wednesday’s match against the hometown Carolina RailHawks in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Two days removed from a home win over the Seattle Sounders and five days before a trip to Foxboro, Mass. to face the New England Revolution, a squad of mainly reservists and bench players made the trip to Cary, N.C. for Wednesday’s...

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Robbie Rogers to travel with L.A. Galaxy to face Carolina RailHawks in U.S. Open Cup

Posted By on Sun, May 26, 2013 at 2:02 PM

www.lagalaxy.comRobbie Rogers will be part of the L.A. Galaxy squad that travels to Cary, N.C. to face the Carolina RailHawks this Wednesday in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. According to an official with knowledge of the situation, Rogers will travel to Cary regardless of whether or not he makes his debut for the Galaxy tonight when it hosts the Seattle Sounders at The Home Depot Center. The 26-year-old Rogers played for the Columbus Crew from 2007-11, including the 2008 team that won the Supporters’ Shield and MLS Cup. Rogers also had 18 caps and two...

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Galaxy's not so far, far away: Carolina RailHawks deactivates Dynamo 3-1, will host MLS champs next Wednesday in U.S. Open Cup

Posted By on Wed, May 22, 2013 at 1:16 AM

Rob KinnanTeammates congratulate Zack Schilawski after his goal during the Carolina RailHawks' 3-1 win over the Carolina Dynamo Tuesday in CaryWAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—Last year, the Carolina RailHawks entered play in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup riding a nine-game winless skid to open the NASL season. Moreover, the RailHawks knew that a loss to PSA Elite, their second round Open Cup opponent, meant squandering the lucrative opportunity to host the defending MLS champion L.A. Galaxy the next week. Carolina’s 6-0 onslaught over PSA Elite got the RailHawks off the schneid and set the stage for an improbable win over...

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Carolina RailHawks goes down to Atlanta Silverbacks 2-0 for RailHawks' first loss of season

Posted By on Sat, May 18, 2013 at 10:39 PM

ATLANTA SILVERBACKS PARK/ WEBCAST—The Carolina RailHawks went down to Georgia unbeaten and first place in the 2013 NASL Spring season standings. Carolina left with their first defeat of the season, a 2-0 loss to the feisty, much-improved Atlanta Silverbacks in front of an officially announced crowd of 4,716. The RailHawks found themselves behind the eight ball early. In the 6th minute, Milton Blanco played a ball ahead to an officially onsides Rubén Luna. Luna rounded goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald, then delivered an angled shot that deflected off defender Paul Hamilton positioned goalmouth and into the net for a 1-0 lead. Matters...

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup potential third round matches announced, including possible return visit by L.A. Galaxy to Cary to face RailHawks

Posted By on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 6:49 PM

A visit from the defending Major League Soccer champion awaits the winner of the Carolina RailHawks and Carolina Dynamo match in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup next Tuesday, May 21 in Cary. This is but one of the potential U.S. Open Cup third round pairings and venues announced Wednesday by U.S. Soccer. Should the RailHawks defeat the Dynamo next Tuesday, they will host the L.A Galaxy the following Wednesday, May 29 at WakeMed Soccer Park. It would be the second consecutive year the RailHawks and Galaxy will have faced each other for the Open Cup in Cary—last year, the...

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Carolina RailHawks stings San Antonio Scorpions 5-2, sits alone atop NASL standings

Posted By on Sun, May 12, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Rob KinnanZack Schilawski celebrates his first goal of the season during the Carolina RailHawks' 5-2 win over the San Antonio Scorpions in CaryWAKEMED SOCCER PARK/CARY—"Whereof what's past is prologue." The Tempest (2.1.253-54) Late in the unbeaten Carolina RailHawks’ 5-2 win over the San Antonio Scorpions Saturday evening, Carolina manager Colin Clarke was exhorting his team to continue attacking in search of goals. His presumed purpose was that while Carolina’s back line has improved dramatically from last season, the RailHawks’ best defense remains their potent offense. But, there may have been another motivation at play. “[We still had] a bit of...

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Late golazo by Enzo Martinez gives Carolina RailHawks 2-2 draw with Minnesota United FC despite brace from Etienne Barbara

Posted By on Sat, May 4, 2013 at 11:48 PM

www.railhawks.comEnzo Martinez celebrates his equalizer during the Carolina RailHawks' 2-2 draw at Minnesota UnitedMINNEAPOLIS/ WEBCAST—The last time Etienne Barbara and Pablo Campos appeared in the same starting XI was October 15, 2011 as the potent striking tandem for the 2011 Carolina RailHawks. That night, the RailHawks were eliminated from the NASL playoffs in an epic shootout loss to the NSC Minnesota Stars. Etienne and Campos finally reunited Saturday night in Minneapolis, this time as members of Minnesota United FC against the RailHawks. But a star by any other name still shines just a bright, and Etienne was just that, notching...

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Carolina RailHawks acquire Enzo Martinez on loan from Real Salt Lake, other player arrivals imminent

Posted By on Fri, May 3, 2013 at 1:38 AM

Photo by Jeff Camarati/ UNC Athletic CommunicationsEnzo Martinez during his Tar Heel daysThe Carolina RailHawks are currently sitting atop the North American Soccer League standings. But that doesn’t mean they’re standing pat with their roster. As previously reported earlier this week, Carolina’s Director of Operations David Vaught confirmed that Enzo Martinez has joined the RailHawks on loan from Real Salt Lake. Martinez arrived in RailHawks’ camp on Wednesday and could be eligible for this weekend’s road match against Minnesota United FC, one of three teams tied atop the NASL table. The 22-year-old Martinez was a first-round pick by Real Salt...

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Caliente Carolina RailHawks storm the Fort Lauderdale Strikers for 3-1 win

Posted By on Sun, Apr 21, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Rob KinnanFloyd Franks approaches his first-half PK during the Carolina RailHawks' 3-1 win over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in Cary, N.C.WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/CARY—The last time the Carolina RailHawks defeated the Fort Lauderdale Strikers during the NASL regular season was August 20, 2011, a span of five matches. [The RailHawks did oust the Strikers in the quarterfinals of last season’s playoffs, but such nitpicking doesn’t make for a punchy lede.] That skid ended Saturday night in Cary, as Carolina hung three goals on the Strikers for their third consecutive visit to WakeMed Soccer Park for a 3-1 win. It was also...

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Nesting RailHawks: Carolina prevails 2-1 over FC Edmonton in NASL home opener

Posted By on Sun, Apr 14, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Rob KinnanAustin da Luz and his RailHawks teammates celebrate his goal during Carolina's 2-1 victory over FC Edmonton in Cary, N.C.WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/CARY—After a preseason that included friendlies against MLS and Liga MX competition—the latter setting a new club attendance record—it seemed a bit anticlimactic for the Carolina RailHawks to host a ribbon-cutting Saturday night christening the New WakeMed Soccer Park™ prior to the team’s NASL home opener against FC Edmonton. But, with a transition from the past (both recent and distant) the distinct backdrop of the evening, the RailHawks downed FC Edmonton 2-1 for Carolina’s first win of the...

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Carolina RailHawks open 2013 season with 0-0 draw at Tampa Bay Rowdies

Posted By on Sat, Apr 6, 2013 at 11:12 PM

File photo by Chris BairdCarolina RailHawks' Akira FitzgeraldWEBCAST—The Carolina RailHawks entered their opening match of the 2013 NASL regular season full of vigor on offense and anxiety on defense. However, the opposite proved true against the Tampa Bay Rowdies Saturday night at “Progress Energy Park, home of Al Lang Field” in St. Petersburg, Fla. As the RailHawks’ midfield struggled all evening against a spry Rowdies side, it fell to Carolina’s back line and goalkeeper to preserve a 0-0 road draw in front of 4,232 rowdy Rowdies partisans. After unveiling their 2012 NASL Championship placard and with former NASL Best XI...

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Code Name Continuity: Carolina RailHawks hope to soar into 2013 NASL season

Posted By on Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Photo by Jeremy M. LangeColin Clarke speaks to his charges during a training session Thursday.Following an off-season of upheaval for several teams around the North American Soccer League, the buzzword around the Carolina RailHawks entering their 2013 campaign is continuity. For the first time in five years, the club did not change its owner, president or head coach during the off-season, allowing the front office to sharpen its focus on the sort of connection building that team president Curt Johnson is so fond of foisting. Even before the kickoff of the RailHawks’ 2013 NASL regular season, the club has already...

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Paul Hamilton, former FC Edmonton defender, joins Carolina RailHawks camp

Posted By on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 9:06 PM

NASL.comPaul HamiltonPaul Hamilton, a defender formerly with FC Edmonton, has begun training with the Carolina RailHawks. After the parties agreed to tentative terms late last week, the RailHawks flew Hamilton to Charleston, S.C., where Carolina had traveled for a preseason scrimmage against the Charleston Battery. Speaking with Hamilton today after his first day of training camp in Cary, the 25-year-old Calgary, Alberta, native says his path to Carolina came to fruition rather suddenly. “There had been talks the previous week with [RailHawks’ manager] Colin and my agent,” Hamilton says. “And then all of a sudden asked, ‘Hey, can...

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

AwakeMed Soccer Park: Pumas de la UNAM defeats Carolina RailHawks 2-1 before club record crowd

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 5:30 AM

Chris BairdZack Schilawski scores a goal during the 2-1 win by Pumas de la UNAM over the Carolina RailHawks at WakeMed Soccer Park in CaryWAKEMED SOCCER PARK/CARY—By the time the clock struck 90 minutes on Wednesday’s friendly between the Carolina RailHawks and Pumas de la UNAM, the scoreboard showed that the celebrated Liga MX visitors defeated the hometown RailHawks 2-1. But, the real winner of this preseason showdown was professional soccer in the Triangle. Although the newly expanded WakeMed Soccer Park was unveiled at last month’s friendly between the RailHawks and Vancouver Whitecaps, the Pumas match provided the first true...

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Back to the training ground: Camilo's hat trick buries Carolina RailHawks for 3-0 Whitecaps win

Posted By on Sun, Feb 24, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Neil MorrisThe Vancouver Whitecaps celebrate their Community Match victory over the Carolina RailHawks...and dream of more silverware to come this seasonWAKEMED SOCCER PARK/CARY—The clouds parted, the sun shone and the temperature rose Sunday at WakeMed Soccer Park for that seemingly rarest of meteorological phenomenon for Carolina RailHawks’ regulars: fortuitous weather. Unfortunately, the climate on the pitch was far less settled for the home side, as a trio of goals by Camilo Sanvezzo led the Vancouver Whitecaps over the outmatched RailHawks for a 3-0 victory in Carolina’s 5th annual Community Shield match. The RailHawks faced a split Vancouver squad that nevertheless...

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Carolina RailHawks unveils new kit and developmental academy in advance of Sunday's friendly against Vancouver Whitecaps

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Neil MorrisCarolina RailHawks' new blue kit for 2013DURHAM—As the Carolina RailHawks prepares for their 5th annual Community Shield match this Sunday against the Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer, the RailHawks again kicked off their public relations preseason with another perennial event: the Community Shield Press Conference and Luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn in Durham. Sparsely attended just a few years ago, today a packed house of players, media, sponsors and area soccer partners filled the hotel’s ballroom, more than a few undoubtedly lured by the buffet lunch provided by the adjoining Ruth’s Chris Steak House. But amid the...

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Carolina RailHawks sign Jordan Graye, Ciaran O'Brien and Tim Murray for 2013 NASL season

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 5:51 PM

File photo by Chris BairdJordan GrayeThe Carolina RailHawks have announced the signing of defender Jordan Graye, midfielder Ciaran O’Brien and goalkeeper Tim Murray for the 2013 NASL season. Graye is the face most familiar to Triangle soccer fans. After featuring for the North Carolina Tar Heels from 2005-2009, Graye spent two season in Major League Soccer, with DC United in 2010 and the Houston Dynamo in 2011. Last season, Graye trailed with Carolina and took the field for the RailHawks during their preseason friendly against the Vancouver Whitecaps. However, Graye did return to the RailHawks until September, when he was...

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Carolina RailHawks to host friendly against UNAM Pumas on March 20

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 12:15 PM

The Carolina RailHawks will host a friendly against celebrated Liga MX soccer club UNAM Pumas on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, according to reliable sources. Kickoff is tentatively scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Officially labeled Club Universidad Nacional A.C. but known more commonly as Pumas, the first-division Mexican side is one of the most popular clubs in their country, having won seven Primera División championships and four international titles, including three CONCACAF Champions’ Cups. The RailHawks’ friendly will take place just before the start of the FIFA international break running March 22-26. This will be the...

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Monday, February 11, 2013

NASL releases 2013 Fall Season schedule - In with the Cosmos, out with the Islanders

Posted By on Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Today, the North American Soccer League (NASL) released their 2013 Fall Season schedule, which will open Saturday, August 3 after a month-long break that begins following the last round of Spring Season games on July 4. The 56-match Fall Season will conclude Saturday, November 2 with a full slate of matches involving all eight NASL clubs. The winner of the Fall Season will face the winner of the Spring Season in the one-game NASL Soccer Bowl. The two most significant developments are the arrival of the revamped New York Cosmos and the absence of the Puerto Rico Islanders. The Cosmos...

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Bill's schedule: Peterson plots circuitous path to NASL commissioner

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Carolina RailHawksNASL Commissioner Bill Peterson meets the media at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.Before making my way to WakeMed Soccer Park at 8 a.m. last Friday to interview Bill Peterson, the new commissioner of the North American Soccer League, I sent a text message to Curt Johnson, president of the Carolina RailHawks, to verify the somewhat uncommon meeting time. “Yes,” Johnson texted back. “That works well for Bill’s schedule.” For the past 21 years, Bill’s schedule has taken him to over 50 countries by his estimation, working in industries ranging from professional football to sports management to food and...

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Carolina RailHawks announce signing of forward Nicholas Addlery

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Puerto Rico Islanders websiteNicholas AddleryToday, the Carolina RailHawks announced the signing of forward Nicholas Addlery for the 2013 NASL season. Terms of the contract were not publicly disclosed. The 31-year-old Addlery has been one of the most potent scorers in Division 2 soccer since 2008, when he netted five goals for the Vancouver Whitecaps, then a member of USL-1. Addlery signed with the Puerto Rico Islanders in 2009 and played his first three seasons there for Colin Clarke, now the manager of the RailHawks. Over his four total seasons Puerto Rico, Addlery scored nearly 50 goals in all competitions, including...

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