Clubs vying for valuable three points with only 3 weeks remaining in NASL Spring Season
The Carolina RailHawks (4W-4T-1L, 16pts) will host Minnesota United FC (4W-2T3L, 14 pts) at WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday, June 22 at 7:00pm ET. The RailHawks return to Cary after a valuable 1-1 draw against Canadian foe FC Edmonton. The match has tremendous implications on the NASL Spring Season standings and determining who will host the NASL Soccer Bowl. The RailHawks and Minnesota United currently sit 1 point and 3 points, respectively, behind league leader, Atlanta Silverbacks. The three front-runners will face each other once over the final three weeks of the Spring Season, beginning with the RailHawks and Minnesota. Saturday’s match will be broadcast live at www.CarolinaRailHawks.com.
“This weekend against Minnesota is a very big game,” said RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke. “It’s the start of an important two weeks of NASL play. The good thing for us is that our next two matches are at home and we have performed well at home. It’s important to go out and continue that success at home starting Saturday night.”
The two clubs last met on May 4th when the RailHawks traveled to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis and escaped with a 2-2 draw. Defender Jordan Graye put the RailHawks ahead with the first goal of the game in the 40th minute of play. Minnesota striker, and former RailHawks striker, Etienne Barbara would score two quick goals to in the 58th and 65th minutes to give Minnesota the lead. In the 84th minute, Enzo Martinez would step up and hit a long distance goal to tie the match level at two.
Since the May 4th meeting, the RailHawks have gone 2W-2T-1L in NASL play, while Minnesota has recorded a 2W-0T-3L run. A win for either club would be a massive three points for either club as both have a matchup with first-place Atlanta looming over the final two weeks of the NASL Spring Season.
Tickets for Saturday night’s match between the RailHawks and Minnesota United are available by calling the St. Lawrence Homes Box Office at (919) 459-8144 or by visiting www.CarolinaRailHawks.com.
The following Saturday, on June 29th, the RailHawks will host the Atlanta Silverbacks at WakeMed Soccer Park at 7:00pm ET. Prior to the match the RailHawks will host the Second Annual Pregame Pig Pickin’ Festival with live music from ‘The Annuals’ and a postgame Fireworks Extravaganza will immediately follow the match. On June 29th, fans will join RailHawks players on the field for the fireworks show. Announced earlier this week, the RailHawks will face 2-time Mexican Champion Puebla FC on Saturday, July 6th at WakeMed Soccer Park. Tickets for upcoming can be purchased through the St. Lawrence Homes Box Office by calling (919) 459-8144 or e-mailing Tickets@CarolinaRailHawks.com. More information can also be found on www.CarolinaRailHawks.com.