RailHawks' soccer schedule set

mblake@newsobserver.comJanuary 16, 2014 

Carolina’s Nick Millington, right, and Edmonton’s Edem Mortotsi tangle as they battle for control of the ball in Cary on April 13 . The RailHawks let the spring title slip from their grasp in the last two spring-season games.

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  • 2014 season schedule

    Spring

    April 12 - at Indy Eleven

    April 19 - Fort Lauderdale Strikers

    April 26 - at Ottawa Fury

    May 3 - New York Cosmos

    May 10 - at San Antonio Scorpions

    May 17 - Atlanta Silverbacks

    May 24 - at Minnesota United

    May 31 - Tampa Bay Rowdies

    June 8 - at FC Edmonton

    Fall

    July 12 - Indy Eleven

    July 19 - at Minnesota United

    July 23 - at San Antonio Scorpions

    July 26 - Ottawa Fury

    Aug. 2 - at New York Cosmos

    Aug. 9 - Tampa Bay Rowdies

    Aug. 16 - FC Edmonton

    Aug. 23 - at Tampa Bay Rowdies

    Aug. 30 - Atlanta Silverbacks

    Sept. 6 - at Ottawa Fury

    Sept. 13- San Antonio Scorpions

    Sept. 20 - New York Cosmos

    Sept. 27 - at Indy Eleven

    Oct. 4 - at Fort Lauderdale Strikers

    Oct. 11 - at FC Edmonton

    Oct. 18 - Fort Lauderdale Strikers

    Oct. 25 - at Atlanta Silverbacks

    Nov. 1 - Minnesota United

The 2014 Carolina RailHawks schedule has been finalized after the North American Soccer League announced its fall schedule Thursday.

For the second straight year, the NASL will be broken up into spring and fall seasons.

Unlike last year, however, this is an unbalanced split schedule. The NASL will not play games during the World Cup this summer, which makes for a longer break and uneven scheduling.

NASL teams will meet each other just once during a nine-game spring season – when the RailHawks are one of the five teams with four home games and five road games. Teams will meet twice during the 18-game fall season. The winner of the spring season will host the NASL Soccer Bowl championship against the fall winner.

Last season, the RailHawks had the most points over the separate seasons, which clinched the Woosnam Cup even as the team finished out of the running for a Soccer Bowl spot in the spring (runner-up to Atlanta Silverbacks) and fall (runner-up to New York Cosmos).

Carolina will enter the 2014 season on a 16-match home unbeaten streak. It has not announced any new additions, but lost NASL leading scorer Brian Shriver in free agency to the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

“The support we receive from our fans at home is second to none,” Carolina coach Colin Clarke saud in a statement. “Whether it’s the nonstop passion and excitement coming from the 309 Depot or the RailHawks chant across the stadium, WakeMed Soccer Park has become a place that visiting teams do not want to play.”

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