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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Three-beat: Carolina RailHawks defeat Donovan and LA Galaxy 1-0 in U.S. Open Cup

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 2:06 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—Shots: 31 to 6. Corner kicks: 11 to 4. Time of possession: seemingly infinity to nil. In virtually every statistical category, the LA Galaxy held sway over the Carolina RailHawks during their fifth round match in the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Except one. Goals: 1-0 RailHawks It was the third consecutive year the RailHawks have hosted and now dispatched the Galaxy from the U.S. Open Cup. But unlike the previous two tournaments, this year was supposed to be different. First, Galaxy manager Bruce Arena actually made the trip to Cary (unlike 2013). The game didn’t...

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Report: Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane Carolina-bound for Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup match versus RailHawks

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Uh, Carolina RailHawks … I think you’re gonna need some bigger bleachers. In an online report posted today by LA Galaxy Insider Adam Serrano, both Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane stated they believe they’ll be available for selection in next Tuesday’s match against the RailHawks in the fifth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The game takes place on Field 2 at WakeMed Soccer Park and kicks off at 7 p.m. This follows and confirms information provided to INDY Week yesterday by a reliable source that the Galaxy intends to bring their full available squad to Cary next week. This will...

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Kick in the Grass: Carolina RailHawks host LA Galaxy next Tuesday, but will you have a seat?

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 9:02 AM

With their 2-1 win over Arizona United SC last night, the LA Galaxy advanced to the fifth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Their next opponent is a familiar interleague foe: the Carolina RailHawks. The RailHawks have hosted the Galaxy in Open Cup competition two straight years. And for two straight years, the RailHawks have defeated the Galaxy, eliminating them from the tournament. But unlike 2012 and 2013, when the Galaxy games set RailHawks attendance records, this year’s clash will be a decidedly more intimate affair. The RailHawks-Galaxy match next Tuesday, June 24 will not be played in...

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Great Scott: Goodwin the newest RailHawks U.S. Open Cup hero as Carolina defeats Chivas USA

Posted By on Sun, Jun 15, 2014 at 2:53 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—In soccer, it’s commonly called a penalty shootout. However, the Laws of the Game officially refer to the tiebreaker as “kicks from the penalty mark.” Regardless of the moniker, it’s a construct that’s long been the subject of intense fan debate. Some decry it as a contrived method to determine the winner of a hard-fought match, something akin to deciding a basketball game by a free throw shooting contest or an American football game by alternating 30-yard field goal attempts. Others point out that after 120 minutes of exhausting play between teams allowed only three substitutions all...

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Turf burned - FC Edmonton pummels Carolina RailHawks 6-1 to close NASL spring season

Posted By on Sun, Jun 8, 2014 at 9:07 PM

WEBCAST—For all the rapturous hosannas heaped on the Carolina RailHawks following their home win last Saturday, their Mr. Hyde side was on acute display this afternoon at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton. It’s a lunacy of silver linings to note that the RailHawks doubled their 2014 road goal output during today’s 6-1 shellacking at the feet/heads of FC Edmonton. It’s sobering reality to point out that the Eddies’ goal total today alone exceeded their overall 2014 goal output coming into the match (five) by 120 percent. The die was cast a mere 37 seconds in when Daryl Fordyce maneuvered through a porous RailHawks defense...

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

The return of the prodigal goalscorer: Carolina RailHawks defeat Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-0, extend 21 home match unbeaten streak

Posted By on Sun, Jun 1, 2014 at 1:12 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—After Brian Shriver scored two goals for the Carolina RailHawks in their last game of 2013, giving him a personal- and league-best 15 for the year, the NASL Golden Boot winner alluded to his future plans. “I love it here, and hopefully things work out,” the out-of-contract Shriver said at the time. “But in the end it is a business, so we’ll see what happens.” Quite understandably, what happened was that Shriver took the money and ran to Tampa Bay, signing a lucrative contract with the newly flush Rowdies. However, 2014 hasn’t proven as fruitful for Shriver...

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Carolina RailHawks clip Charlotte Eagles 2-0 to advance in U.S. Open Cup

Posted By on Thu, May 29, 2014 at 12:21 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—The last time the Carolina RailHawks faced the Charlotte Eagles in a competitive soccer match was the first round of the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The RailHawks won that game 1-0 at WakeMed Soccer Park. Four years later, another U.S. Open Cup clash between the in-state avian rivals produced a similar outcome. The RailHawks clipped the Eagles 2-0 Wednesday evening in Cary, paced by two first-half goals from Nazmi Albadawi and Jun Marques Davidson. Carolina now advances to the third round of the 2014 Open Cup and will host Chivas USA of Major League Soccer...

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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 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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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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Thursday, February 20, 2014

NASL survey contemplates changes to postseason format and season calendar

Posted By on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 10:45 AM

The North American Soccer League (NASL) has commissioned an online survey to select markets and supporter groups seeking their input regarding possible changes to the league’s postseason format and regular season calendar. The unpublicized survey, forwarded to Triangle Offense by a person close to a supporters group of a NASL team, is being disseminated via SurveyGizmo, an online survey software program. At the outset of the survey, the league says, “As we consider making significant changes to our competition structure, we would like to request your input and feedback as it relates to postseason play and the NASL calendar.” First,...

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Duke soccer star Sebastien Ibeagha on his decision to spurn Major League Soccer for Europe

Posted By on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 12:52 PM

On Tuesday, Sebastien Ibeagha turned 22 years old. The same day, Major League Soccer concluded its 2014 SuperDraft of rising amateur talent. Ibeagha, a regular fixture in the U.S. youth national soccer setup since his teenage years, the 2012 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time college All-American as a defender for Duke University, wasn’t part of the selection process. In fact, as the draft wound down two days ago, Ibeagha (pronounced ibby-AH-ga) was spending his birthday 3,800 miles away in Aalborg, a city situated near the northern tip of Denmark. There, Ibeagha is training with Aalborg BK...

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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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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

'What have you done for me lately?' - Brian Haynes reacts to the sudden end of his tenure as Atlanta Silverbacks manager

Posted By on Tue, Dec 10, 2013 at 9:58 AM

In a surprising move, the Atlanta Silverbacks of the North American Soccer League announced yesterday it was declining to exercise their option to extend the contract of head coach Brian Haynes. A month after Haynes’ Silverbacks lost the NASL Soccer Bowl 1-0 to the New York Cosmos, the league’s 2013 coach of the year now finds himself out of a job. Originally brought to Atlanta in July 2012 as an assistant to interim manager Eric Wynalda, Haynes assumed the managerial reins a month later after Wynalda left to resume his Fox Soccer television duties. In 2011, the Silverbacks finished last...

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sixth Senna: New York Cosmos win NASL Soccer Bowl 2013 over Atlanta Silverbacks 1-0

Posted By on Sun, Nov 10, 2013 at 2:22 AM

The Carolina RailHawks aren’t in Atlanta for this weekend’s North American Soccer League championship, the self-explanatory Soccer Bowl 2013. But Neil Morris is there to provide his observations on the occasion and Saturday’s match between the New York Cosmos and Atlanta Silverbacks for Triangle Offense. ATLANTA—After finishing their regular season by losing five of their last seven matches, the Atlanta Silverbacks finally returned to their spring season champion form for Saturday’s NASL Soccer Bowl 2013. Unfortunately, the New York Cosmos continued to play like the team that was unbeaten over their last 11 games, had won seven of...

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

The big tent party: NASL holds 2013 Soccer Bowl awards banquet

Posted By on Sat, Nov 9, 2013 at 12:02 PM

The Carolina RailHawks aren’t in Atlanta for this weekend’s North American Soccer League championship, the self-explanatory Soccer Bowl 2013. But Neil Morris is there to provide his observations on the occasion and Saturday’s match between the New York Cosmos and Atlanta Silverbacks for Triangle Offense. ATLANTA—Midway through last night’s 2013 NASL Soccer Bowl awards banquet, I was retrieving some maple glazed ham from the carving table situated at the far end of the large garden tent permanently attached to Park Tavern in Atlanta. Former U.S. international John Harkes—rumored to be the debut manager of the expansion Virginia Cavalry FC next...

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Chillin' at the Holiday Inn: New York Cosmos meet media on eve of NASL Soccer Bowl 2013

Posted By on Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 5:42 PM

The Carolina RailHawks aren’t in Atlanta for this weekend’s North American Soccer League championship, the self-explanatory Soccer Bowl 2013. But Neil Morris is there to provide his observations on the occasion and Saturday’s match between the New York Cosmos and Atlanta Silverbacks for Triangle Offense. ATLANTA—It took me 19 hours to reach Atlanta from North Carolina. That was my choice, mind you, the consequence of splitting up my southbound sojourn with an overnightlayover at my brother’s home in Charlotte. But the end of my trip came just in time for the early Friday afternoon meet-the-media session with select members of...

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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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