Well this has been confusing.
After a few standard questions about the game itself, it was time for some personnel-related questions. Particularly, guys we hadn't seen on the pitch in awhile like Brad Rusin, Kupono Low, Sallieu Bundu and Matt Bobo.
The month of August could be a huge one as far as where the Carolina RailHawks end the year in the final USSF D2 standings. The RailHawks have still played fewer games (17) than ever other league team but will get plenty of chances to make up ground with seven August contests — four coming at home.
The Carolina RailHawks today announced Scottish Premiere League forward Alan Russell had been signed to a contract. The move is still pending USSF approval.
Russell had been anticipated to sign with Carolina as early as July 14, but did not make the venture to Cary until this week.
Russell could see action as soon as Tuesday's home game against Rochester.
The plus/minus statistic is better known for its usage in hockey. But let's see what we get when applying it to the RailHawks.
A lot has been going on with the Carolina RailHawks as of late. The team is opening up for more investors, coaches and players are being suspended after controversial endings, a new player isn't in town yet and the team just suffered its first road loss of the year last night.
Here's what you've missed in just this week alone...
The Carolina RailHawks confirmed today through a news release that they will be looking for additional investors. The team said they are "actively seeking" more partners "to participate in the next, exciting phase of growth."
The statement says the need to drive ticket and sponsorship revenues by expanding business operations and increasing sales and marketing staff is at the root of the announcement.
We will have more on this later today on carynews.com/sports and in tomorrow's N&O.
UPDATE: here's a link to the team website, where the release is now posted: http://www.carolinarailhawks.com/article/railhawks-look-to-add-additional-partners
Owners of the Carolina RailHawks are expected to announce as early as today that they are seeking more investors for the professional soccer franchise, which is based in Cary.
A report by the Independent Weekly's David Fellerath goes hand-in-hand with something RailHawks coach Martin Rennie and I talked about last week.
If the Carolina RailHawks can advance past Charleston in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, the team will have a date with the Chicago Fire of the MLS.
The Fire, which will host the third-round game no matter who the victor is, sit currently in fourth place in the MLS standings.
The RailHawks have made it to the third round (the round where lower division teams play MLS squads) in every year but 2009. In 2007, the team's first season, the RailHawks defeated the Fire in the third round and then the Richmond Kickers in the fourth to reach the semifinals.
But before the RailHawks can schedule a trip to Chicago, the team must first take out Charleston — one of the most successful U.S. Open Cup teams in recent years. The Battery have advanced at least to the fourth round in each of the past three seasons, including a championship-game loss in 2008.