After their bye week, the Carolina RailHawks (2W-1T-0L, 7pts) jump right back into league action in Week 4 of the NASL Spring Season when they travel to Minnesota and face Minnesota United FC (2W-1T-0L, 7pts), their partner at the top of the NASL standings. Last year, the two clubs opened the 2012 NASL Season to a 0-0 draw at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. A win for either club would take a huge step in the bid for the NASL Spring crown. Saturday’s battle for first place can be watched live at 8PM ET on www.CarolinaRailHawks.com/live.
“It will be a difficult transition to the turf at the Metrodome, but both teams play on the same field," said RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke. "We have worked hard each match to put ourselves in a good position and we will be ready to continue to work hard on Saturday.”
The travel to Minnesota has always been a difficult one for the RailHawks with a 1W-4T-6L road record dating back to the 2007 season when they faced the Minnesota Thunder. In those matches, most occurring at the National Sports Center, the RailHawks were outscored 6 to 16. The RailHawks will look to turn around their misfortunes in Minnesota as they face the attacking duo of Etienne Barbara and Pablo Campos, former teammates at Carolina and the 2011 and 2012 NASL MVP’s, respectively.
“We are delighted to add Enzo to the squad," said Clarke. "He fits right in with our group and is another player with local ties to the area. He is very technical on the ball and likes to get the ball forward. We hope to see some exciting things from him.”
The RailHawks have added former University of North Carolina standout, Enzo Martinez, to the roster via a loan from Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer. Enzo joins a RailHawks group filled with local talent and becomes the 4th former Tar Heel and 12th player with ties to North Carolina soccer. Martinez will be available for selection on Saturday.
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