Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance6460
  • Date01 Nov 14
  • VenueWakeMed Soccer Park
Carolina RailHawks
Carolina RailHawks 2
Minnesota United FC 2
Minnesota United FC

Nacho Novo22'

N. Albadawi74'

52'C. Ramirez

Match Preview: Carolina RailHawks vs. Minnesota United FC

Match Preview: Carolina RailHawks vs. Minnesota United FC



TV: ESPN3; CAR-WRAL2                       

Radio: CAR – 99.9HD-3 The Ticket


The first of two NASL’s ‘Matches of the Week’ on ESPN3 when the Carolina RailHawks welcome the league-leading Minnesota United FC at WakeMed Soccer Park. The RailHawks, who are just two points behind the last qualifying berth to The Championship, are looking for their second consecutive victory after defeating the host Atlanta Silverbacks, 2-0, last week.  Meanwhile, United, who has secured the #1 seed in the upcoming postseason tournament, is coming off a 1-0 loss at home to the San Antonio Scorpions last weekend.  A possible semifinal encounter for The Championship, Minnesota is unbeaten this year against Carolina, however, the RailHawks lead the overall series encounters against United.  The last time both sides met was on July 17, as a goal from midfielder Daniel Mendes gave Minnesota a 1-0 win over visiting Carolina.


Last Five Games:  CAR – W L L T W      MNU – W L W T L                                                                                                                                                                                                         



CAR-Scott Goodwin, Nacho Novo (Team of the Week-16)



Stats leaders:

CAR-Goals – Zack Schilawski (9); Assists – Enzo Martinez (4)

MNU-Goals– Christian Ramirez (19); Assists – Miguel Ibarra, Christian Ramirez, Kevin Venegas (5)



NASL Head-to-Head: (14 meetings): RailHawks 5 wins, 5 ties, 4 losses – 18 GF/12 GA (+6 GD)

At RailHawks: (6 meetings): RailHawks 4 wins, 1 tie, 1 loss— 12 GF/6 GA (+6 GD)

This Year: (2 meetings): United 1 win, 1 tie, 0 losses— 1 GF/0 GA (+1 GD)

Last Meeting: July 17, 2014 at NSC Stadium — United 1-0 RailHawks


Coaches quotes:

“This is going to be another big game for us at home. We are disappointed that we are not in control of our own destiny, but that is not going to kept us from going out there and putting on a good performance on the field. Minnesota has been the best team in the league throughout the two seasons, but we’re looking to finish off our season on a positive note and beat them at home.” – RailHawks coach Colin Clarke

“Carolina is a hard-working team. We've always matched up, in terms of it being a good game. They're always up to play us.  We want to go on the field and show well and make sure we're preparing the right way for the playoffs. That means having a good competitive game and making sure that we manage the game the right way." – United coach Manny Lagos


Referee: Robert Sibiga

Asst 1: Patrick Schmidt

Asst 2: Erick Varone

4th: Ahmed Koussa


Carolina Railhawks 2 Minnesota United FC 2

Minnesota United came back to secure a late 2-2 draw against the Carolina RailHawks, to knock the RailHawks out of contention for The Championship. Goals from Christian Ramirez and a late own goal gave United what it needed to earn a point from the match.


Carolina put on heavy pressure throughout the opening half, and dominated possession. It took the RailHawks just over 20 minutes to open the scoring with a strike from Nacho Novo. After a goal from Connor Tobin was disallowed, Carolina marched right back down the pitch. Novo played a give and go with Ty Shipalane to open up space. Novo then placed the ball past United goalkeeper Matt VanOekel to make it 1-0 in favor of Carolina.

A power outage before the second half delayed the match for a half hour, but when play restarted, Minnesota took control. Christian Ramirez was able to level the match for United with a goal in the 52nd minute. After a quick counter attack, Greg Jordan found Ramirez outside the Carolina penalty area. Ramirez curled a shot to the bottom left post to score his 20th goal of the season.

Carolina took the lead back with 15 minutes remaining. Alex Martinez crossed from the end line and found Nazmi Albadawi open near the goal line. Albadawi took the first touch to beat VanOekel, making it 2-1.

Minnesota looked like it was out of the match but a goal from an unlikely source would even the scores once again. Defender Kevin Venegas curled a cross towards goal in a late offensive push. Carolina defender Connor Tobin was able to get to the ball first.  However, the former United player directed it back into his own goal. United was right back in the match with a few minutes left, but couldn't get the last goal to secure the win as the the match ended 2-2.

"First half I thought we were exceptional, I thought we did very very good," said RailHawks coach, Colin Clarke.  "I thought we could've been another goal ahead; we knew it was going to be a tough second half against the wind. In the second half, we gave too many easy simple balls away to give them all the momentum and paid for it."