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Saturday, November 2, 2013

USL PRO terminates soccer franchise with Phoenix FC Wolves owners

Posted By on Sat, Nov 2, 2013 at 1:06 PM

The USL PRO soccer franchise formerly held by BDR Sports, LLC, doing business as the Phoenix FC Wolves, has been terminated by the United Soccer Leagues (USL) after just one season, according to a termination notice transmitted to the BDR Sports yesterday. The termination notice, attached below and provided to Triangle Offense by a source not affiliated with the team or the league who wishes to remain anonymous, was written by Tim Holt, USL President. The notice outlines a litany of alleged transgressions by the now-former Phoenix FC franchisees that precipitated this action. Among them are submitting “misleading and inaccurate...

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Huge first half clinches Blue Devils' ACC Tourney berth

Posted By on Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 8:35 PM

File photo courtesy Duke athletics/Shane LardinoisThe whole Duke team poses for a Senior Day pre-game portrait.KOSKINEN STADIUM/DURHAM Duke comes into its Senior Day game with Pittsburgh in yet another must-win situation. It shouldn’t be hard since the Blue Devils are 7-6-4 (4-4-3 ACC) and Pitt 4-12-1 (0-11). But Duke had to fight very hard to beat a struggling N.C. State team 1-0 with a second-half goal Thursday night. Today there will be an extra advantage because of the Senior Day sentimentality, with eight players playing their last home game for the Blue Devils. The game is shown on Fox Sports...

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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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Thursday, October 24, 2013

DeCesare's second-half goal gives Duke must-win over scrappy Wolfpack

Posted By on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Courtesty Duke athletics/Shane Lardinois Kim Decesare celebrates her goal. KOSKINEN STADIUM/DURHAM — It’s a battle of six-win women’s soccer teams that would appear to be worlds apart. Duke (6-6-4, 3-4-3 ACC) is still on track for an NCAA bid barring some late-season disaster as the Blue Devils host N.C. State (6-11, 1-10) in their annual cancer awareness game. The Blue Devils will wear pink and the “D” in the center circle is also pink as they raise funds for the family of 6-year-old Morgan Blazek of Apex, who is a survivor of the eye cancer retinoblastoma. The Wolfpack is in...

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

No. 1 Virginia gets historic 2-0 win over Tar Heels at Fetzer

Posted By on Sun, Oct 20, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Photo courtesy UVa athletics/Jeff Najarian Virginia’s Danielle Colaprico dribbles against the Tar Heels’ Kelly McFarlane.FETZER FIELD/CHAPEL HILL UNC has rarely if ever been even a slight underdog at home in the storied history of its women’s soccer program. But the defending NCAA champion Tar Heels will be exactly that today. UNC (13-2, 7-2 ACC), currently ranked No. 4 in the country, will take on Virginia (15-0, 9-0), which is ranked No. 1.Steve Swanson’s Cavaliers have allowed only nine goals all season. They have had four one-goal victories, the last of those a 3-2 overtime win over visiting new ACC member...

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Watching another league: Did a misguided tweet betray the NASL fall season's most pressing problem?

Posted By on Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 9:00 AM

"The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers."—Princess Leia, Star Wars A couple of weeks ago, Bill Peterson, commissioner of the North American Soccer League (NASL), told Pieter Brown of the South Florida-based weekly podcast Ultras Alive that Peterson resisted publicizing pronouncements about the league’s disciplinary process because he found the reality of punishing players and coaches “quite embarrassing.” I wonder how he feels about Twitter faux pas. Last Thursday, Charlie Cole, president of Ralph’s Mob, the official supporters group of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, issued a stream of tweets regarding...

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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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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Blue Devils give No. 1 Virginia a scare, but lose 3-2 heartbreaker

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 9:57 PM

File photo courtesy Duke athletics/Shane LardinoisDuke goalie Ali Kershner KOSKINEN STADIUM/DURHAM Call it a major opportunity for Duke women’s soccer. The Blue Devils (4-4-2, 1-2-1 ACC) have been up-and-down this season and are currently on a three-game winless streak. But are they really capable of “beating anybody in the country?” We find out tonight as they take on ACC leader Virginia (9-0, 3-0) which is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation and is looking for its first 10-game win streak since 1990. Virginia has one local player in freshman midfielder Alexis Shaffer, a veteran of CASL Chelsea who was...

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Up the Creek, George's goal nets Tar Heels 1-0 OT win over Campbell

Posted By on Wed, Sep 18, 2013 at 1:07 AM

EAKES ATHLETIC COMPLEX/ BUIES CREEK—It looked like a mismatch. The No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels Men’s Soccer team, in the wake of last Friday’s draw with ACC rival Maryland, strolled into what figured to be a midweek tune-up against the Campbell Camels. The Tar Heels were undefeated on the young season, while Campbell had only one win out of four games. But although UNC soundly defeated Campbell last season in Chapel Hill and led the all-time series between the schools 17-6-1, the Camels had actually won three of their last five meetings since 2006. Moreover, the last time 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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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Holness helps Heels halve with Maryland 2-2

Posted By on Sat, Sep 14, 2013 at 2:12 AM

FETZER FIELD/ CHAPEL HILL—Following the conclusion of Friday evening’s hard-fought 2-2 draw between the No. 2 North Carolina and No. 18 Maryland Men’s Soccer teams, the hundred or so Terrapin students who made the trek from College Park, Md., after serenading the Maryland players with their school’s fight song, turned to those Tar Heels fans remaining from the 4,089 in attendance and offered up a chant. It was a simple salutation, a gesture of reconciliation and unity to commemorate the final ACC regular season match between these longtime conference foes before Maryland departs next year for the Big 10:...

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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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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Duke ends scoring woes to rip Miami in ACC opener

Posted By on Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Indy photo by Justin CookMiami's Tara Schwitter (24) and Duke's Kim DeCesare mix it up. KOSKINEN STADIUM/DURHAM Duke opens ACC women's soccer action tonight needing to start the conference season on the right foot. The opponent for the No. 12 Blue Devils (3-2-1) is Miami (5-0), which has beaten five unranked opponents. Robbie Church's Blue Devils dropped a 2-1 decision to visiting No. 2 UCLA on Sunday, and are hoping to improve on their goal-a-game pace against a tough early schedule. Duke, which played for the NCAA title two seasons ago, is looking for its 11th straight NCAA Tournament bid....

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Right Engel: Tar Heels grind through 1-0 overtime win over Monmouth

Posted By on Sat, Aug 31, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Photo courtesy of UNC AthleticsTar Heels forward Tyler EngelFETZER FIELD/ CHAPEL HILL—If the No. 4 North Carolina Men’s Soccer team entered their 2013 season opener with questions about their offense, they certainly weren’t being asked by the Monmouth Hawks. Despite the absence of Tar Heels striker duo Rob Lovejoy and Andy Craven due to season-ending injuries, Monmouth came to the Carolina Nike Classic on Friday evening with a bunker mentality, the bunker in this instance being a 44 x 18 yard penalty area. With the Hawks nesting in their backfield, the visitors stumbled across just two shots over 103 minutes...

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Friday, August 30, 2013

TBD: Tar Heels Men's Soccer opens 2013 season with ambition and uncertainty

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Photo courtesy of UNC Athletics Junior defender and team captain Boyd Okwuonu will anchor the Tar Heels' back line in 2013 In chronicling the powers of North Carolina Tar Heels athletics, men’s soccer isn’t necessarily the first sport to spring to mind. But in that increasingly competitive arena, North Carolina has become an annual mainstay in the national rankings and a landing spot for aspiring blue chip talent. The No. 4 ranked Tar Heels opens its 2013 season this weekend when it hosts the Carolina Nike Classic at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill. Carolina faces Monmouth on Friday at...

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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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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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