Match Preview: Carolina RailHawks at Tampa Bay Rowdies
This coming Saturday the Carolina RailHawks (2W- 0T-5L, 6pts) will travel to Florida to take on NASL rival, the Tampa Bay Rowdies (3W-0T-2L, 9pts). Saturday’s matchup at AL Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, FL is set for 7:30pm. Follow the match live on NASLLive.com.
The RailHawks are coming off a tough loss at home to FC Edmonton this past weekend. Two goals from Zack Schilawski were not enough to secure the win for the Carolina RailHawks. A 94th-minute extra-time penalty kick gave Edmonton their third goal in the RailHawks 3-2 loss, and snapped the RailHawks 6-match home unbeaten streak against FC Edmonton under the leadership of Colin Clarke.
This past weekend, the Tampa Bay Rowdies defeated the New York Cosmos 3-1. With goals from Keith Savage, Tamika Mkandawire and Blake Wagner in front of 4,273 fans at home.
The RailHawks currently sit just 2 points behind the 4th-placed Rowdies in the 2014 NASL combined standings with 11 matches remaining - the top four teams qualify for post-season play. Saturday’s game will be the first time the RailHawks play in Florida this year and the second time in three weeks that they face the Rowdies. Currently the series between these two teams is tied, with one win for each team. This will be the last time both teams play each other in the 2014 NASL Regular Season.
RailHawks Acquire Kwame Watson-Siriboe on Loan
The Carolina RailHawks have acquired defender Kwame Watson-Siriboe from MLS expansion side New York City FC on a loan for the remainder of the 2014 NASL season. Watson-Siriboe, 28, was acquired by New York City FC in a trade from Real Salt Lake on August 11, 2014.
Next Home Game
The RailHawks will return to WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday, August 30th to face southern rivals, Atlanta Silverbacks, at 7:30 p.m. For more information about the game and to purchase tickets, visit www.CarolinaRailHawks.com or call the Johnson Maserati Box Office at 919-459-8144.
“Saturday’s game against the Rowdies is really important for us. We had two negative results at home and need to find our way back to winning. We lost to the Rowdies at home 2 weeks ago and we certainly would like to get back to our winning ways this week in Tampa.” – Colin Clarke.