For the second year in a row, the Carolina RailHawks defeated the LA Galaxy in the Third Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Only this year, it was the RailHawks who jumped on the scoreboard first in the 59th minute on a goal from Austin da Luz. The record crowd of 8,121 at WakeMed Soccer Park erupted once again when the RailHawks doubled their lead in the 61st minute on a goal from Brian Shriver. With the victory, the RailHawks will host Major League Soccer’s Chivas USA in the Fourth Round of the 100th Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, June 12th at WakeMed Soccer Park at 7:00pm.
“The boys were focused all week,” said RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke. “We are still disappointed we didn’t go further last year. This Cup means a whole lot to me, the team, and the organization. It’s the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and as someone who worked for Mr. Hunt, and our President worked for Mr. Hunt, this is a very important tournament for us.”
Tickets for the Chivas USA Fourth Round U.S. Open Cup match are currently on-sale as an exclusive presale for RailHawks Season Ticket and Flex Plan Holders. Chivas 3-Packs are also currently on-sale. Individual tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 31st at 10:00am. The Fourth Round pairing between the RailHawks and Chivas USA will be a rematch of last year’s Fourth Round matchup, when Chivas USA advanced on a stoppage time penalty kick in front of a crowd of over 7,000 at WakeMed Soccer Park. Find ticket and match information at CarolinaRailHawks.com/ChivasUSA.
After a scoreless first half the RailHawks exploded in the 59th minute and 61st minute on goals from da Luz and Shriver, respectively. RailHawks forward Zack Schilawski recorded the assist on both goals.
The RailHawks return to NASL action on the road this Saturday when they face the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Saturday’s match will be streamed live on www.CarolinaRailHawks.com/live. The RailHawks return to WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday, June 8th when they host league rival Tampa Bay Rowdies. To purchase tickets for the June 8th match call the St. Lawrence Homes Box Office at 919-459-8144 or purchase tickets online through www.CarolinaRailHawks.com.
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