Carolina RailHawks calendar is set for 2015 NASL season

Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network
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CARY, N.C. – The Carolina RailHawks and the North American Soccer League (NASL) are ready to kick off the 2015 season in April.

With the announcement of the full 30-match schedule released on Jan. 20, local soccer fans can mark their calendars to take in a 10-game Spring season that will then be followed by a 20-game Fall season.

The league’s 11 clubs will play even home and away contests during each season and try to secure spots in the NASL Championship weekend to contend for the Soccer Bowl title.

“We are thrilled with our 2015 schedule and are excited to now set our sights on our afternoon home and league opener on April 4th,” RailHawks president Curt Johnson said.

“Our organization is working hard to make 2015 another memorable one for North Carolina’s soccer fans.”

The league format will continue to operate the same way it did last year.

Playoff participants will be comprised of the winners of each season, plus the two teams with the best overall records over the course of both seasons.

The winners of the Spring and Fall seasons will host the semifinals, with the top overall points leader getting the top seed.

In addition to playing their NASL schedule, the RailHawks will participate in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

As the season approaches, the Carolina roster currently consists of 13 players that includes one goalkeeper (Hunter Gilstrap), four defenders (Kupono Low, Conor Tobin, Daniel Scott, Austen King), five midfielders (Mark Anderson, Nazmi Albadawi, Tiyi Shipalane, Leo Osaki, Neil Hlavaty) and three forwards (Nacho Novo, Daniel Jackson, Simone Bracalello).

Carolina RailHawks – 2015 Spring Schedule

Saturday, April 4 Ottawa Fury FC Game – 1:00pm ET
Sunday, April 12 at FC Edmonton
Saturday, April 18 Atlanta Silverbacks – 7:30pm ET
Saturday, April 25 at Indy Eleven
Saturday, May 2 Tampa Bay Rowdies – 7:30pm ET
Saturday, May 9 at San Antonio Scorpions
Saturday, May 16 New York Cosmos – 7:30pm ET
Saturday, May 23 at Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Saturday, May 30 at Jacksonville Armada FC
Saturday, June 6 Minnesota United FC – 7:30pm ET

Carolina RailHawks – 2015 Fall Schedule

Saturday, July 4 Minnesota United FC – 7:30pm ET
Wednesday, July 8 Fort Lauderdale Strikers – 7:30pm ET
Saturday July, 11 at Indy Eleven
Saturday, July 18 San Antonio Scorpions – 7:30pm ET
Saturday, July 25 at Ottawa Fury FC
Saturday, August 1 Tampa Bay Rowdies – 7:30pm ET
Sunday, August 16 at FC Edmonton
Wednesday, August 19 at Jacksonville Armada FC
Saturday, August 22 New York Cosmos – 7:30pm ET
Sunday, August 30 at New York Cosmos
Friday, September 4 Atlanta Silverbacks – 7:30pm ET
Wednesday, September 9 at San Antonio Scorpions
Saturday, September 12 at Minnesota United FC
Saturday, September 19 at Atlanta Silverbacks
Saturday, September 26 Ottawa Fury FC – 7:30pm ET
Saturday, October 10 Jacksonville Armada FC – 7:30pm ET
Wednesday, October 14 FC Edmonton
Saturday, October 17 at Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Saturday, October 24 at Tampa Bay Rowdies
Friday, October 30 Indy Eleven – 7:30pm ET