NASL fall season

RailHawks out of NASL fall season contention

mblake@newsobserver.comOctober 14, 2013 

  • NASL fall standings (W-L-T)

    1. New York Cosmos (7-1-3, 24 points)

    2. Tampa Bay Rowdies (4-2-5, 17)

    3. Atlanta Silverbacks* (4-3-4, 16)

    4. Carolina RailHawks (4-5-2, 14)

    5. Minnesota United FC (4-5-2, 14)

    6. Fort Lauderdale Strikers (4-5-2, 14)

    7. FC Edmonton (2-4-5, 11)

    8. San Antonio Scorpions (3-7-1, 10)

    *Winner of the spring season, will host NASL Soccer Bowl

    Tiebreakers: 1-Goal differential; 2-Total goals; 3-Head-to-head record

With three games left, the Carolina RailHawks officially have been eliminated from winning the North American Soccer League’s fall season and playing in the Soccer Bowl.

Carolina fell 4-0 Saturday at the league-leading New York Cosmos, which sealed the ’Hawks fate.

The RailHawks have no wins on the road in either the fall or spring seasons.

New York, according to the website, has a 98.1percent chance of winning the fall season. A win this weekend would clinch for New York and send the team to the Soccer Bowl on Nov. 9 at the Atlanta Silverbacks.

In the seventh year of the RailHawks’ organization, the team has been one of the most successful franchises in Division 2 soccer but has yet to claim a league title.

The NASL switched to a split-season format this year that pitted the winners of both seasons against each other in a championship game.

Under the old format, the RailHawks would be in third place behind the Silverbacks and Tampa Bay Rowdies. The Cosmos did not play in the spring season.

The RailHawks have just three games left this season. Their final chance at a road win is Saturday at Minnesota United. The team will host Atlanta on Oct. 26 and the San Antonio Scorpions on Nov. 2.

Blake: 919-460-2606

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