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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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Sources: North American Soccer League poised to announce LA expansion

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 11:33 AM

The North American Soccer League (NASL) is readying to reveal that its newest expansion club will be in Los Angeles, Calif. A league announcement is anticipated within the coming weeks. Multiple reliable sources, each citing high-ranking league officials, also inform INDY Week that the new Los Angeles-based NASL club plans to enter league play beginning in the 2015 fall season. This expansion rollout recalls the entry of the New York Cosmos into the NASL in 2013, when it also began league play in the fall season and ultimately won that year’s NASL Soccer Bowl championship. When reached for a response,...

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Not in the Cards: Tar Heels men's soccer clipped 1-0 by Louisville in ACC quarterfinals

Posted By on Sun, Nov 9, 2014 at 10:07 PM

FETZER FIELD/ CHAPEL HILL—The roller coaster season for the North Carolina Tar Heels men’s soccer team reached another ebb Sunday afternoon at an autumnal Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels, who opened their 2014 fall season in the middle of the myriad of preseason Top 25 polls, quickly rose in the rankings after winning five of their opening six matches, including a victory over highly ranked California and a Virginia road trifecta over Old Dominion, VCU and William & Mary. However, three straight road losses followed, including rival Duke and ACC regular season champ Notre Dame, and that...

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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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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Deadline in US Soccer Pro League Standards emerges as motive for sale of NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Last week, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers announced the sale of the North American Soccer League (NASL) club from Traffic Sports USA to a trio of Brazilian investors: Paulo Cesso, Rafael Bertani, and Ricardo Geromel. The sale was trumpeted as an overdue boon for the sometimes star-crossed second-division South Florida franchise. The team currently ranks last in attendance for the 2014 NASL regular season and annually has one of the lowest budgets in the league, but it is also fighting for the fourth and final berth in The Championship, the NASL’s four-team postseason tournament. The Strikers adopted the moniker of its...

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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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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Jabang, Jabang: Tar Heels declaw Pitt Panthers in men's soccer 3-0

Posted By on Sat, Sep 13, 2014 at 12:10 AM

FETZER FIELD/ CHAPEL HILL—The headline is that the North Carolina Tar Heels won a decisive 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers to open its 2014 ACC men's soccer season. The real story of the match is the player who propelled them to the win. The first goal and assist by redshirt sophomore Nyambi Jabang paced the No. 3 Tar Heels to their fourth win of the season. According to UNC head coach Carlos Somoano, however, the game didn't start so swimmingly. “I didn’t like the way we came out,” Somoano said. “I thought we were sluggish. The tempo of the...

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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

Bruins ruin Tar Heels' opening weekend as top-ranked UCLA men's soccer clips UNC 1-0

Posted By on Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 11:41 PM

FETZER FIELD/ CHAPEL HILL—The North Carolina Tar Heels men’s soccer team demonstrated this weekend that they are a good team. The UCLA Bruins showed that they might be a championship-caliber team. After defeating No. 11 Wake Forest on Friday, UCLA traveled to Chapel Hill and ground out a 1-0 win over the No. 10 Tar Heels. North Carolina had beaten California 3-1 on Friday and were hoping to notch a victory over the top-ranked Bruins to open their 2014 season with a Cali clean sweep. However, a match that was mostly evenly matched was decided by a momentary first-half...

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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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Thursday, August 21, 2014

U.S. Women's National Team defeats Switzerland 4-1 before nearly 10,000 fans in Cary

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 9:21 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—The 4-1 win by the U.S. Women’s National Team over a game but outmatched Switzerland squad Wednesday evening at WakeMed Soccer Park felt faintly like a fait accompli. Switzerland has already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, but the no. 19 FIFA-ranked Swiss women were no match for the top-ranked USWNT squad as it gears up for World Cup qualifying this October. The scoring started early, when Sydney Leroux crossed a ball atop the box to an unmarked Megan Rapinoe, who fired a low liner that deflected off Switzerland defender Rahel Kiwic before...

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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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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

U.S. Women's National Team to face Switzerland in Cary on Aug. 20

Posted By on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Today, U.S. Soccer announced that the U.S. Women's National Team will face Switzerland in an international friendly on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. This will be the first time the senior women’s squads for the U.S. and Switzerland have faced each other. The U.S., currently the top-ranked team in the world by FIFA, will attempt to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup this October at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship tournament. Switzerland, currently ranked no. 19 in FIFA’s world rankings, is one of six nations that have already qualified for next year’s World Cup in...

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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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