The Carolina RailHawks soccer team’s plans for the future became clearer last week when a post on the club’s mobile application included an announcement that the team is going to be re-branded as North Carolina F.C. as a part of a campaign to earn a bid in top-tier Major League Soccer.
The post came days before Tuesday’s “New State of Soccer Event” the RailHawks organization has been promoting, which it says will relay “exciting news.” A clock on the team’s website counts down the hours, minutes and seconds until the announcement.
A fan from the Triangle Soccer Fanatics supporters club noticed the post had been live for three days. It announced the team not only will rebrand itself, but that it will add a team that would compete in the National Women’s Soccer League.
The RailHawks declined to comment.
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It would not be the first time for professional women’s soccer in Cary. The Carolina Courage competed from 2001 to 2003 and recorded attendance numbers that surpassed the RailHawks’ average.
Tuesday, RailHawks owner Steve Malik will be joined by general manager Curt Johnson and Fox Sports personality Fernando Fiore for the announcement.
Malik took over as the owner of the team just over a year ago in October 2015. Since then, the team has hosted a sellout crowd at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary for a match against West Ham United. At the July game, the team also announced it had signed Mexican star Omar Bravo.