This promises to be quite a week for the Carolina RailHawks. And soccer fans around the world can follow along online by watching free streaming of two of the biggest games in club history.
Tonight at 9.30pm ET, Colin Clarke’s side face Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer at Rio Tinto Stadium in the U.S. Open Cup Quarter Finals, then return home for a mouthwatering NASL top of the table clash – first plays second – against the Atlanta Silverbacks at WakeMed Soccer Park at 7pm on Saturday.
If the RailHawks win tonight they will host either FC Dallas or the Portland Timbers in the semi finals on August 7. A win against the Silverbacks on Saturday will secure the NSL Spring Season championship and with it the right to host Soccer Bowl in November.
“We approach each match focused and prepared to win the match,” said RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke. “We are looking forward to the challenge of going out to Salt Lake and being the underdog. We know that if we go in and play our game, we will be able to cause some trouble. It’s a special time around the club.”
Even Saturday’s opposing coach Brian Haynes of the Silverbacks has become a RailHawks fan for tonight’s game and said: “I want to wish Colin Clarke and the Carolina Railhawks the best of luck in Salt Lake. Represent the NASL well.”
While soccer fans around the world will watch via the live stream, RailHawks fans across the Triangle will gather at the Mellow Mushroom in Cary to watch the Quarter Final Round of the 100th Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The RailHawks Official Watch Party at Mellow Mushroom will kick off at 8:30pm and the broadcast is brought to fans by DNJ Mortgage and Mellow Mushroom of Cary.
“The 100th Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup has been an important tournament for the entire organization, including the fans,” said RailHawks President Curt Johnson. “Thanks to the strong corporate support of DNJ Mortgage and Mellow Mushroom of Cary we will be able to give our fans a high quality broadcast that will include the Voice of the Carolina RailHawks, Dean Linke.”
Mellow Mushroom is located at 4300 NW Cary Parkway in Cary, NC and will have the match on televisions throughout the restaurant.
Prior to Saturday’s big clash with Atlanta, the RailHawks will host the Second Annual Pregame Pig Pickin’ Festival at WakeMed Soccer Park starting at 4:45pm. Immediately following the match, a Fireworks Extravaganza will take place, where fans will be able to join RailHawks players on the field.
Tickets are available for the Pig Pickin’ and June 29th match by contacting the St. Lawrence Homes Box Office by calling (919) 459-8144 or e-mailing Tickets@CarolinaRailHawks.com.
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