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Paid Their Dues: Beginnings and Ends for Former Union Players

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Don't worry, Porfirio still has the 'fro.

Kleberson will make his NASL debut this weekend, but until then, he is living it up. He's been very active since joining Twitter a few weeks ago, and has been more than willing to engage Indianapolis fans on the microblogging site. Indy kicks off their inaugural season on Saturday, when they will host the Carolina RailHawks.

NASL Supporters Launch a New Initiative to Reward League’s Best Team

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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.

SBI NASL Power Rankings: Week 13

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

With the North American Soccer League Fall season entering its last week, the New York Cosmos look to have the momentum they need as they enter the final stretch.

After conceding an early goal on Saturday, Giovanni Savarese's men responded by scoring two goals in less than five minutes in the second half, which helped them clinch a spot in the Soccer Bowl.

Szetela caps off quality performance with first goal in nearly five years

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By DAN KARELL

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. Danny Szetela couldn't remember the last time that he had scored a professional goal.

The New York Cosmos midfielder scored the first of four goals for the club on a night where they routed the Carolina RailHawks, 4-0, in arguably their most complete performance of the season.

Cosmos Notes: Noselli returns to full training; Gorskie out for the season; and more

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By DAN KARELL

It's taken longer than expected, but the New York Cosmos could finally see their likely first-choice forward back in action on Saturday evening at home against the Carolina RailHawks.

Italian veteran Alessandro Noselli has overcome his hamstring injury and took part in full practice with the team all week without showing any signs of aggravating the injury.

SBI NASL Power Rankings: Week 10

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

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.

Cosmos Notes: Dimitrov calls Saturday a “must-win”; Turf surface a factor for scoring troubles; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

NASL Week 7: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

After losing their last two matches, which were on the road, the Carolina RailHawks look to change things around when they return home on Saturday.

The RailHawks will take another shot at the Tampa Bay Rowdies when they welcome the St. Petersburg side to WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday evening.

NASL Week 6: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

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.

NASL Week 6: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

After their tenacious home victory last week, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers are riding a three-game winning streak and sit in second place in the North American Soccer League standings.

The South Florida side host the winless San Antonio Scorpions at Lockhart Stadium on Saturday (7:30 p.

NASL Week 5: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

There's no stopping the rejuvenated Fort Lauderdale Strikers as they extended their winning streak to three games, topping the Carolina RailHawks, 1-0, on Friday evening at Lockhart Stadium.

"It was a tough match against the top team in the league, but we got the win," Strikers manager Günter Kronsteiner told the Sun Sentinel after the game.

NASL Week 5: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

After taking a second consecutive victory last week, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers are riding high in confidence as they enter week five of the North American Soccer League.

While head coach Gunter Kronsteiner's men are looking to continue their current form, they welcome the league-leading Carolina RailHawks to Lockhart Stadium on Friday.

Lopez’s stoppage-time header lifts Cosmos in win over Scorpions

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By DAN KARELL

Returning home for the first time since their opening match, the New York Cosmos followed nearly the same script as their first win of the season.

On Saturday evening, substitute Henry Lopez played the hero, heading home a goal in stoppage-time to give the Cosmos a 2-1 victory over the San Antonio Scorpions at Shuart Stadium.

Cosmos Notes: Team learns lessons from defeat; Suspensions leave opening for Szetela; and more

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By DAN KARELL

In a season of first's for many of the New York Cosmos players, they faced a whole new experience as a team last Saturday.

The club's 3-0 defeat in the wind and rain at the Carolina RailHawks wasn't nearly as abysmal as it seems on paper, but it did include two red cards to Joseph Nane and Sebastian Guenzatti.

NASL Week 4: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

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.

New York Cosmos Suffer Heavy Loss to Carolina Railhawks

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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.

NASL Week 3: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

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.

NASL Week 3: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

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.

NASL Week 2: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

After a thrilling first week of the fall campaign, four first-place teams battle for a sole position atop the NASL table.

The New York Cosmos head south to St. Petersburg for their first road trip of the season, as they take on the Tampa Bay Rowdies at Al Lang Field on Saturday.

NASL Season Preview: Carolina RailHawks

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By MIKE McCALL

Wind the clock back a little more than a month to June 25, and life was pretty good for the Carolina RailHawks.

With two games left in their North American Soccer League Spring Season, they were one win away from winning a title and the right to host the Soccer Bowl in November.

NASL Week 14: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

A new champion will be crowned on Thursday when the 2013 spring season of the North American Soccer League comes to a close.

The Carolina RailHawks lead by league-leading goalscorer Brian Shriver and his eight goals travel to Toyota Field to battle the San Antonio Scorpions.

NASL Week 13: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

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.

NASL Week 13: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

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.

NASL Week 12: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

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.

NASL Week 12: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

With the race to host the 2013 Soccer Bowl now down to five teams, Week 12 of the North American Soccer League will bring considerable nail-biting action.

It's the clash of the second and third-place teams when the Carolina RailHawks host Minnesota United on Saturday evening at WakeMed Soccer Park.

NASL Week 11: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

The race to host this season's North American Soccer League Soccer Bowl is now down to five teams.

The Carolina RailHawks fought FC Edmonton to a 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon in front of 3,474 at Clark Stadium, needing midfielder Cesar Elizondo to score an 88th minute equalizer to save the match.

NASL Week 11: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

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.

Off The Bench Episode 83: Guests Commissioner Bill Peterson (NASL), Colin Clarke (Carolina RailHawks) and Adrian Heath (Orlando City SC)

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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.

NASL Week 10: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

The Carolina RailHawks jumped to top of the North American Soccer League table after making a stoppage-time comeback to defeat the Tampa Bay Rowdies, 2-1, on Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park.

The Atlanta Silverbacks continued their stretch of home games on Saturday, drawing 1-1 against FC Edmonton.

NASL Week 10: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Two of the North American Soccer League's top three goalscorers meet on Saturday in a clash between the Carolina RailHawks and the Tampa Bay Rowdies at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Brian Shriver leads the league and the RailHawks' attack with six goals, but not far behind is the Rowdies' Georgi Hristov, who has four goals to his name.

NASL Week 9: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

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.

NASL Week 9: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

The Carolina RailHawks, Tampa Bay Rowdies and Minnesota United FC are tied in second place as they enter week nine of the first half of the North American Soccer League season this weekend.

The RailHawks downed an noticeably weaker Los Angeles Galaxy side, 2-0, on Wednesday at WakeMed Soccer Park during U.

NASL Week 7: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

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.

NASL Week 7: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

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.

Atlanta Silverbacks

Major Trade Between Tampa Bay Rowdies and Minnesota United FC

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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.

Carolina Railhawks Make Moves to Increase Midfield Depth

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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.

Major League Soccer

Off The Bench Episode 84: Kevin Kinkead (PhiladelphiaUnion.com), Battles for first place across MLS, NASL and USL PRO

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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.

Orlando, Raleigh Have Chance to Impress in US Open Cup

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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.

The Rest

Three Last Minute Signings for FC Edmonton Ahead of NASL’s Clausura

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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.

Off The Bench Episode 79: Robbie Rogers & Curt Onolfo Interviews, MLS Results and Open Cup

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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.