The North American Soccer League (NASL), the second-tier of American soccer, last season began a controversial split season format that saw the side that had the best overall points total (Carolina RailHawks) fail to reach the post-season while a team that played only half the season (New York Cosmos) were crowned as Champions of the league.
Despite their early hurdles this season, the New York Cosmos have responded back to their critics by performing highly on the field, going seven games unbeaten as they enter the final push for a 2013 Soccer Bowl berth.
A victory last week at Minnesota put Giovanni Savarese's men seven points clear atop the NASL fall standings with 21 points, and host the Carolina RailHawks on Saturday.
Through the first half of the North American Soccer League fall season, the New York Cosmos are still not where they'd like to be.
The rebooted club currently have nine points and sit in fourth place in the NASL standings, though they're only one point behind the Carolina RailHawks, Tampa Bay Rowdies, and Fort Lauderdale Strikers, who are in a three-way tie for first place.
It's getting a bit rowdy in the North American Soccer League standings.
The Tampa Bay Rowdies defeated the Carolina RailHawks, 3-2, on Saturday night at Al Lang Stadium to ensure first place in the league standings, while also keeping head coach Ricky Hill's side unbeaten in the fall season.
After taking pole position atop the North American Soccer League standing last week, the Carolina RailHawks look to continue their current good form as they welcome Minnesota United FC to WakeMed Soccer Park (Saturday, 7 p.m. WATCH HERE).
RailHawks forward Brian Shriver, who bagged a brace against the New York Cosmos last Saturday, currently leads the NASL Golden Boot race with 11 goals.
Although they were unable to win the first half of the NASL season, the Carolina Railhawks were arguably the best team going into the second half of the year. The team has moved a step closer to securing the lead position to win the Clausura with its 3-0 victory over the New York Cosmos last Saturday.
Brian Shriver's first-half brace solidified a 3-0 victory for the Carolina RailHawks over the New York Cosmos and pole position atop the NASL standings on Saturday night at WakeMed Soccer Park.
Shriver didn't wait long to get the RailHawks on the scoreboard, scoring in the eighth minute after a breakaway lead by midfield Ty Shipalane found Zack Schilawski who then seconds later fed an open Brian Shriver to bury the ball towards the back of the net.
The New York Cosmos take the road for the second week in a row this Saturday when they visit the Carolina RailHawks on Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park.
It will also be the second week in a row that the Cosmos face a formidable offense, and after holding a clean sheet against a team that scored seven goals in week one, the Cosmos backline will be tested again by the likes of RailHawks forward Brian Shriver.
The Carolina RailHawks are going to have to wait one more week if they want to clinch the spring season title in the North American Soccer League.
Former New York Red Bulls and D.C. United midfielder Austin Da Luz scored a late header to salvage a 1-1 draw for the RailHawks against the Atlanta Silverbacks on Saturday night at WakeMed Soccer Park.
Two points separate the Carolina RailHawks and the Atlanta Silverbacks at the top of the North American Soccer League standings, but that all can change with so much on the line when they meet on Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park.
A victory for the first-place RailHawks would effectively end the season and give them the honor of hosting the 2013 Soccer Bowl this fall, but if there is one team they are wary of, it's the Silverbacks.
Week 12 of the North American Soccer League saw plenty of movement on the table this past weekend, seeing the Carolina RailHawks take sole position of first place after rallying back against Minnesota United FC for the 3-2 victory at WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday.
The North American Soccer League hits the final stretch of the season as all seven teams rush to finish in at the top of the spring campaign.
From sitting atop the NASL table with 15 points to cruising to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup after a convincing 3-1 victory over Chivas USA, the Carolina RailHawks are entering this weekend of action with plenty of momentum.
In this episode Luke Lohr and Pedro Gomes discuss the improvement of the US Men's National Team and the stunning results of the US Open Cup. Head Coach of Orlando City SC Adrian Heath joins the show to talk about the Lion's upset victory over Sporting Kansas City. Also joining is Head Coach of the Carolina RailHawks Colin Clarke reflecting on his side's defeat of a second MLS club and advancement in the US Open Cup.
With 2013 North American Soccer League spring campaign coming to a close, week nine action saw the Atlanta Silverbacks hold on to their first place spot in the table while there is a three-way tie in second place, as the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Carolina RailHawks and Minnesota United failed to secure victory this weekend.
After starting the season in a slump, midfielder Keith Savage's 90th minute strike lifted the Tampa Bay Rowdies to a 3-2 victory against Minnesota United FC on Saturday afternoon at the Metrodome during North American Soccer League action.
The Rowdies now sit with 11 points, tied in first place, after the Carolina RailHawks failed to record a victory against the Atlanta Silverbacks later that day.
With his five goals on the season, forward Brian Shriver looks to lead the Carolina RailHawks when they visit the Atlanta Silverbacks at Atlanta Silverbacks Park on Saturday in North American Soccer League action.
The RailHawks, who sit three points clear atop the NASL table, are entering this weekend's play after mauling the San Antonio Scorpions, 5-2, last week.
This weekend the NASL will begin its second half, or Clausura, of the 2013 season. The Carolina Railhawks will host FC Edmonton, Atlanta Silverbacks will travel to face Minnesota United, San Antonio Scorpions will host Tampa Bay Rowdies, and the re-booted New York Cosmos will host the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers.
As the NASL Apertura draws near, several teams are making major moves to tweak their squads. One of them, the Carolina Railhawks, have made some recent additions that they hope will give them that extra bit of quality to win the second half title and the right to face the Atlanta Silverbacks in the league final.
Luke Lohr and Pedro Gomes are back to talk fouls and cards in Major League Soccer while Kevin Kinkead of PhiladelphiaUnion.com joins us to shed light on the Union's recent resurgence. The Carolina RailHawks have taken over first place in the NASL and control their own destiny. Carolina and Orlando City are in preparations for their US Open Cup bouts against MLS teams.
The quarterfinals of the US Open Cup have two underdogs left.
The Carolina Railhawks, of the Division 2-NASL, and Orlando City of Division 3-USL Pro, will try to win Wednesday night to move forward to the semifinals in the 100th edition of the U.S. Open Cup, one of the oldest Soccer tournaments in the world.
Ahead of their match away to the Carolina Railhawks to open the 2013 Clausura of the NASL, FC Edmonton have made three last minute signing. 22 year-old midfielder Gagan Dosanjh, 26 year-old forward Anthony Adur (also known as Anthony Bahadur), and 18 year-old goalkeeper Norbert Janas. None of the new signings is particularly surprising or rousing.
In this episode Luke catches up with Robbie Rogers and Curt Onolfo in a post-practice interview leading up to their match with the Carolina RailHawks. Rogers offers insight into several topics he's been faced with of late. Pedro and Luke break down notable MLS results from the weekend and Eric Wynalda is flying back to help guide Atlanta.