WakeMed Soccer Park is a fortress. The Carolina RailHawks have not lost at home in competitive action in 2013 and boast a record of ten wins and a solitary draw when playing in front of their own fans in North American Soccer League Spring and Fall Season action and U.S. Open Cup play.
Minnesota United FC, who came incredibly close to shattering the streak back on June 22, will try again this Saturday at 7pm live at www.NASL.com/Liveand locally in Carolina on WRAL TV and on radio on 99.9 HD-3 The Ticket. On their visit in the spring, Minnesota led 2-1 with less than four minutes on the clock when the NASL Golden Boot leader Brian Shriver struck twice to steal a dramatic 3-2 win.
Shriver has accounted for three of the RailHawks’ five goals so far this season, while opposing United FC forward Pablo Campos, who returns to the ground where he was once a predatory striker, has two of Minnesota’s four goals.
“It’s certainly even more challenging going on the road now, not only playing against one of the better teams in the League, but in a place that is tough to play,” said United FC coach Manny Lagos.
Carolina’s last home loss came in the 2012 NASL Playoffs when an 85th minute goal saw them fall 2-1 to the Tampa Bay Rowdies on October 6. For the record, since their last home loss the RailHawks have beaten FC Edmonton (1-0 and 2-1), Fort Lauderdale (3-1), San Antonio (5-2), Tampa Bay (2-1), Minnesota (3-2) and New York (3-0) in NASL action and Carolina Dynamo (3-1), Los Angeles Galaxy (2-0) and CD Chivas USA (3-1) in the U.S. Open Cup. Their sole 1-1 draw came against the Atlanta Silverbacks, ironically in a game the RailHawks needed to win to clinch the NASL Spring Season title.
Also at 7pm, fans can see the New York Cosmos return home to Shuart Stadium at Hofstra Stadium following a two-game road trip against the San Antonio Scorpions. The game will be streamed live at www.ONEWorldSports.com/watch where a prior registration is required before accessing the live stream, and on mobile devices at www.ONEWorldSports.com/watch. The game is not available through Ustream.
The Cosmos-Scorpions clash will also be broadcast through ONE World Sports (OWS), the television broadcast and national network partner of the Cosmos on SNY, which reaches more than 13 million homes, as will all New York Cosmos home games for the 2013 NASL Fall season.
The Cosmos blasted their way back into the NASL in dramatic style with a last minute winner in a 2-1 victory over Fort Lauderdale on August 3, but have been held scoreless in two away games that followed. The Scorpions have a prolific scoring pair in Dutch forward Hans Denissen, who has fired two goals this Fall Season to trail the Golden Boot race by a single tally, and Polish strike partner Tomasz Zahorski, who has found the net three times in three games.
“San Antonio is a very hungry team right now and we know they’re going to come in here 100% motivated to get the result,” said Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese. “I expect a very tough match, but we’re prepared and our players know this is a very important game for us.”
Two more NASL games kick off at 7.30pm ET and fans eager to catch every minute of the action can tune in to live streaming available at www.NASL.com.
The Atlanta Silverbacks boast a five-game unbeaten streak as they prepare to face a resurgent Fort Lauderdale Strikers at home. Coach Brian Haynes has guided his side to a win and to two draws, added to a win and draw that closed out the Spring Season and claimed the first half of the campaign title and the right to host NASL Soccer Bowl 2013.
The Strikers won for the first time under new coach Gunter Kronsteiner last week to halt a six-game losing skid, although they considered themselves unlucky to not take a point home from New York on opening weekend.
“They’re going to come into our place, and we’re going to try and take the game to them,” warned Haynes. “It’s not the same team, and they have a new coach. Any given day, any team can win, so we need to be prepared to play our best soccer.”
In addition to the NASL.com live stream the game will also be broadcast on WUVM-TV Azteca Atlanta the following day, Sunday, August 25, at 10.30am ET.
The Tampa Bay Rowdies welcome FC Edmonton to Al Lang Stadium in St Petersburg at 7.30pm as a Rowdies side that has fired a league-best eight goals in three games comes up against an Eddies defense that concedes at a rate of less than a goal per game. The two sides drew 1-1 in Tampa Bay back in May when Georgi Hristov, currently the league’s third-leading scorer with seven goals, found the net. The Bulgarian has scored twice during the fall, while the other Tampa Bay goals have been shared between six players.
“We hope we can give our fans a win at home, something that we have been struggling with this season,” said Rowdies coach Ricky Hill, whose team has won five times on the road in 2013, but only once at home.
The games from Atlanta, Carolina and Tampa Bay can be seen via a live stream at www.NASL.com and on iOS and Android devices by downloading the Ustream App.
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