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Match Preview: RailHawks at Minnesota

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The Carolina RailHawks return to NASL action when they travel to Minnesota to take on the 2014 Spring Season Champions, Minnesota United FC on Thursday, July 17th at the National Sports Center in Blaine. The match will kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET and it will be broadcast LIVE on NASLlive.com.

The RailHawks are looking to rebound after losing to Indy Eleven 2-1 on Saturday Night. Enzo Martinez scored his 3rd goal of the year in the 24th minute to give the RailHawks a 1-0 half time lead. A 57th minute red card to defender Austen King left the RailHawks down a man for much of the second half. Indy would score in the 67th and 87th minutes to become the first team to beat the RailHawks at WakeMed Soccer Park since October 6, 2012.

Under the leadership of Colin Clarke the RailHawks are 5W-3T-1L against United and 1W-3T-1L in Minnesota. On May 24, 2014 the RailHawks grabbed a point with a 0-0 draw in the Spring Season.

The Spring Season Champions, Minnesota United FC, are coming off of a 3-0 win on the road over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Goals from Daniel Mendes, Miguel Ibarra and Christian Ramirez led United to the victory and an early lead in the Fall Season Standings.

After Saturday’s game, midfielder Nick Millington retired from professional soccer and defender Jordan Graye has returned to the RailHawks for the remainder of the 2014 NASL Season.

RailHawks Notes

Jordan Graye Returns to the RailHawks

Defender Jordan Graye has returned to the RailHawks for the remainder of the 2014 NASL Season. Graye originally joined the RailHawks in September 2012 and accumulated 2,067 minutes over 25 appearances. The 27 year old, played at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following his successful career at UNC, the Washington, DC native was drafted 55th overall in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by DC United. In 2010, Graye appeared in 20 games with DC United before being traded to Houston Dynamo for the 2011 Season.

Coaches Quote

“It’s going to be a tough game. We are disappointed with the result and our performance against Indy. Minnesota had a good result on the road and won the Spring Season, but it is a place that we’ve been successful before. It is simple – we are going to try to get the three points.” – Colin Clarke, RailHawks head coach.

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