In one of the franchise’s most important matches in their seven-year history, the Carolina RailHawks will host Chivas USA of Major League Soccer on Wednesday night in the 100th Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at WakeMed Soccer Park at 7:00pm ET.
With a trip to the Quarterfinal Round on the line, the two clubs will meet for the second consecutive year in the Round of 16 in U.S. Open Cup at WakeMed Soccer Park. As part of the RailHawks and Capital Broadcasting Company partnership, Wednesday’s match will be broadcast live on WRAL2 (over-the-air 5.2 and Time Warner Cable 106), 99.9 The Fan ESPN Radio, and www.CarolinaRailHawks.com http://www.CarolinaRailHawks.com.
“Chivas USA has a new coach, so there isn’t a lot of game film to study. So we will have to be sure to set the tempo early and be good on both sides of the ball,” said RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke. “I think it’s going to be an entertaining night for soccer fans in the Triangle.”
The RailHawks will be looking to avenge their last year’s 2-1 loss to Chivas USA in the U.S. Open Cup. The heart-breaking defeat was the result of a stoppage time penalty kick, converted by Juan Pablo Angel, which ended the RailHawks U.S. Open Cup aspirations. This year the RailHawks enter the match on top of the NASL Standings and are ridding a four-match unbeaten streak including a 2-0 victory over reigning MLS Champion, LA Galaxy.
“This is a cup that means a lot to me,” said Clarke. “Lamar Hunt has his name on the cup and he’s done a lot for the growth of soccer in this country. This is a competition that should mean a lot to all U.S. teams.”
Participating in their sixth Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup competitions, the RailHawks are 12W-1T-4L overall and are 3W-0T-3L against Major League Soccer opposition in the tournament. The winner of the Wednesday’s match will advance to face the winner of the Real Salt Lake and Charleston Battery match.
Individual Tickets and Chivas USA 3-Packs are still available for purchase by visiting http://www.CarolinaRailHawks.com/ChivasUSA or by calling St. Lawrence Homes Box Office at 919-459-8144.
The Carolina RailHawks have continued to work closely with the Town of Cary and Cary Police Department to ensure that traffic for tonight’s U.S. Open Cup match between the Carolina RailHawks and Chivas USA of Major League Soccer will operate as smoothly as possible. All entrances and exits to WakeMed Soccer Park will be open and fully functioning for arrival and departure from WakeMed Soccer Park. Please keep in mind that with a mid-week game additional traffic is expected due to the end of the business work day and rush hour traffic.
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