Carolina RailHawks and visiting Minnesota United FC are playing to a scoreless draw after the first 45 minutes of action at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. on Saturday night.
In a stadium that hasn't seen a loss in 2013, the RailHawks remain strong throughout as each team possess the ball well in the middle third of the field.
Minnesota forward Pablo Campos has put sincere pressure on the defensive backs of the Carolina RailHawks throughout the first half, forcing quick play and defensive mistakes.
That pressure forced a near disastrous mistake from RailHawks defender Julius James in the 27th minute, as he botched a back pass that led to a Campos breakaway, but goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald saved James from embarrassment as he pounced on the ball as Campos was prepared to pull the trigger.
Midfielder Cesar Elizondo has probed along the left flank, creating chances and putting the United defense on the back foot, but the RailHawks have not been able to break through a stout United back line.
“We have two teams playing very hard with a ton of chances as it is pretty tight on the midfield, but it was a decent half for us and we need to get a little bit sharp if we want to get a result out of this one,” said United coach Manny Lagos
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