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Monday, July 29, 2013

NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson responds to criticism over 2014 regular season format

Posted By on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Last Friday afternoon, the North American Soccer League (NASL) issued a press release titled “NASL Confirms Mid-Season Break To Accommodate 2014 FIFA World Cup.” The purported crux of the announcement was that the league is adjusting its midseason break—which took place during the month of July this season—to begin June 7 and run until July 19 for the 2014 season in order to coincide the break with World Cup play. However, the information in the latter half of the release generated the most attention and social media firestorm. The league also announced that its Board of Governors voted unanimously during...

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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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Monday, July 1, 2013

Oklahoma City investment group formally invited to present to NASL Board of Governors on July 25

Posted By on Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 8:04 PM

An investment group representing a potential North American Soccer League (NASL) expansion franchise in Oklahoma City, Okla. has been formally invited to present at the league’s Board of Governors meeting on Thursday, July 25 in Dallas, Texas. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, it is anticipated that the Board will vote following the presentation on the group’s application to join the NASL and begin play for the 2015 season. The Oklahoma City ownership group is led by Tim McLaughlin, Vice President and general partner of AdvancePierre Foods. McLaughlin previously spearheaded the investment group behind Oklahoma City FC,...

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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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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Interview: NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson talks expansion (NASL and MLS), U.S. Open Cup, and other soccer league issues

Posted By on Sat, Jun 15, 2013 at 1:32 PM

NASL.comNASL Commissioner Bill PetersonAlthough Bill Peterson has visited his native North Carolina a few times since becoming commissioner of the North American Soccer League last November, this past Wednesday was his first time watching the Carolina RailHawks in action this season. Unlike his besuited predecessor, Peterson strikes a more casual pose, roaming WakeMed Soccer Park clad in a casual button-front shirt and blue jeans. But what Peterson may lack in haberdashery he more than makes up for in confidence. Prior the RailHawks’ victory over Chivas USA to advance to the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, I sat...

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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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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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Friday, May 17, 2013

Shake-up unfolding in NASL front office staff, per internal league memo

Posted By on Fri, May 17, 2013 at 8:30 PM

A shake-up in the front office of the North American Soccer League (NASL) is currently taking place, with at least three full-time staffers and a contract employee leaving the league by the end of this month. According to an internal league memorandum from NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson obtained by INDY Week, Chief Operating Officer Darren McCartney, Communications Director Kartik Krishnaiyer and graphic artist Derek Reese are leaving their positions with the league. The three departing staffers are being replaced by Brian Melekian, Michael Preston and Steve Torres. According to sources close to the situation, McCartney and Krishnaiyer were relieved of...

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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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