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 only team the RailHawks are behind in the NASL Conference is Vancouver — who's played 21 games and is nine points in front of Carolina. But the Whitecaps will play just four August contests. So by the end of this month, we should have a much less-distorted picture of where the RailHawks truly sit in the playoff race.
But if the RailHawks are to move up (currently in sixth in the USSF D2) in the league standings, it'll have to do better in August than they did in July. July was an improvement in wins from June, but the team did double its season loss total.
Here's the month-by-month breakdown of how the RailHawks have done this season.