June 11, 2013 - North American Soccer League (NASL) - North Carolina FC
CARY, NC (June 11, 2013) - In one of the franchise's most important matches in their 7-year history, the Carolina RailHawks will host Chivas USA of Major League Soccer on Wednesday night in the 100th Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at WakeMed Soccer Park at 7:00pm ET. With a trip to the Quarterfinal Round on the line, the two clubs will meet for consecutive years in the Round of 16 in U.S. Open Cup at WakeMed Soccer Park. As part of the RailHawks and Capital Broadcasting Company partnership, Wednesday's match will be broadcast live on WRAL2 (over-the-air 5.2 and Time Warner Cable 106), 99.9 The Fan ESPN Radio, and www.CarolinaRailHawks.com.
"Chivas USA has a new coach, so there isn't a lot of game film to study. So we will have to be sure to set the tempo early and be good on both sides of the ball," said RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke. "I think it's going to be an entertaining night for soccer fans in the Triangle."
The RailHawks will be looking to avenge their last year's 2-1 loss to Chivas USA in the U.S. Open Cup. The heart-breaking defeat was the result of a stoppage time penalty kick, converted by Juan Pablo Angel, which ended the RailHawks U.S. Open Cup aspirations. This year the RailHawks enter the match on top of the NASL Standings and are ridding a four-match unbeaten streak including a 2-0 victory over reigning MLS Champion, LA Galaxy.
"This is a cup that means a lot to me," said Clarke. "Lamar Hunt has his name on the cup and he's done a lot for the growth of soccer in this country. This is a competition that should mean a lot to all U.S. teams."
Participating in their sixth Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup competitions, the RailHawks are 12W-1T-4L overall and are 3W-0T-3L against Major League Soccer opposition in the tournament. The winner of the Wednesday's match will advance to face the winner of the Real Salt Lake and Charleston Battery match.
Individual Tickets and Chivas USA 3-Packs are still available for purchase by visiting www.CarolinaRailHawks.com/ChivasUSA or by calling St. Lawrence Homes Box Office at 919-459-8144.