RailHawks Notebook

Franks trade means new ’Hawks captain

mblake@newsobserver.comJuly 30, 2013 

Floyd Franks, seen here April 13 against FC Edmonton, has been traded to Minnesota United. Franks had been Carolina’s captain.

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In his fourth season with the Carolina RailHawks, Floyd Franks was traded just 12 league games into his captaincy.

The opinion that Franks had been playing some of the better soccer of his Carolina career wasn’t shared by RailHawks coach Colin Clarke.

“I made Floyd captain to try to bring more out of him, and to elevate his game, presence and personality,” Clarke told Neil Morris of the Independent Weekly. “And I don’t think he was able to do that leadership-wise. I didn’t think he had a great season playing-wise.”

Franks likely will be replaced by Kupono Low.

New format for 2014: The North American Soccer League plans to change things in anticipation of the World Cup next year. The NASL will take its break between spring and fall seasons while the World Cup is being played, to avoid conflict.

The plan is to split the first season into 10 games and the second season into 20.

The announcement was met with much criticism from writers and fans alike.

Expansion: The next two cities to receive NASL teams are Jacksonville and Oklahoma City, the league formally announced last week.

The NASL will have 11 franchises next year with three new teams: Virginia, Indianapolis and Ottawa.

Jacksonville and Oklahoma City are slated to join in 2015.

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