The Carolina RailHawks (4W-2T-4L, 14pts) travel north to the Big Apple to face the league-leading New York Cosmos (6W-3T-1L, 21pts) on Saturday, October 12th. The match at James M. Shuart Stadium will be the RailHawks first trip to the state of New York in over three years, their last trip being a 1-0 victory over the Rochester Rhinos on July 17, 2010. The second-ever matchup between the RailHawks and the Cosmos will kick off at 7:00pm ET and will be broadcast live on www.OneWorldSports.comand SportsNet New York.
“It’s an exciting weekend, going into New York and facing the top team,” said RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke. “We are getting some guys back from injury so it’s going to be a good matchup between two quality teams.”
The two clubs met for the first-ever matchup at WakeMed Soccer Park on August 17th. The RailHawks came away with a 3-0 victory in a physical match that amassed 43 fouls, 3 red cards, and 12 yellow cards. That result is the Cosmos only loss of the Fall Season and they have since gone on to record an unbeaten streak of 5W-2T-0L. The August 17th match also saw NASL Golden Boot leader Brian Shriver score two goals. Shriver has missed the RailHawks last three games due to injury, but is expected to return to the lineup Saturday night. Defender Jordan Graye is also expected to return to the lineup.
Also joining the RailHawks will be defender Henry Kalungi, on loan from the Richmond Kickers. This is Kalungi’s second loan stint with the RailHawks, after joining the club at the end of the 2012 season.
The RailHawks will host a watch party at Mellow Mushroom in Cary for Saturday night’s matchup. To watch the match on www.OneWorldSports.com a free registration process is required. The match will also be available nationally on SportsNet New York, channel 639 on DirectTV and channel 1704 for AT&T U-verse subscribers. Visit www.CarolinaRailHawks.comfor more information on the watch party and viewing information.
Trip to the Big Apple
Saturday’s match will be the first time the RailHawks visit the New York Cosmos and will end a 3-year hiatus of the RailHawks playing a match in the state of New York. The RailHawks last journey to the Empire State was a 1-0 victory over the Rochester Rhinos on July 17, 2010. All-time, the RailHawks have a 2W-3T-2L record when playing a match in New York, all versus Rochester.
Saturday night will make only the second matchup between the RailHawks and the Cosmos. The first matchup was a 3-0 RailHawks victory at WakeMed Soccer Park on two goals from Brian Shriver. Brian Ackley converted a penalty kick in the 89th minute for the RailHawks final tally. Since the club’s first meeting, the two clubs have gone separate ways while remaining at the top of the NASL table. Since the August 17th meeting, the Cosmos have a 5W-2T-0L record while the RailHawks are 2W-1T-4L. The RailHawks will makeup considerable ground on New York’s 7-point lead in the NASL Fall Season standings.
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