Match Preview: Carolina RailHawks Host MLS’ Chivas USA
WakeMed Soccer Pary, Cary,NC
Broadcast: WRAL 2, NASLLive.com
CARY, NC June 13, 2014 – The Carolina RailHawks host Major League Soccer’s Chivas USA in the Fourth Round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Saturday, June 14th, at WakeMed Soccer Park at 8 p.m. The match is presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and will be televised on WRAL2, web streamed online at NASLlive.comand available on the radio at 99.9 The Fan and 99.9HD-3 The Ticket.
Saturday’s match will be the fourth time the RailHawks have hosted Chivas USA at WakeMed Soccer Park. The first matchup came as a friendly match in 2007 when the RailHawks registered their first victory in club history. The two clubs have previously met twice in the U.S. Open Cup in 2012 and 2013, both coming in the Fourth Round of the knockout-style competition.
Last year the RailHawks defeated Chivas USA 3-1 in an exciting match that went into extra time. RailHawks midfielder Tiyi Shipalane scored a first half opening goal before a Walter Vilchez goal leveled the game at 1-1 at the end of regulation. Cesar Elizondo and Brian Ackley scored in the 92nd and 98th minute, respectively, to send the RailHawks to victory. In 2012, Chivas USA’s Juan Pablo Angel converted a stoppage time penalty kick to hand the RailHawks a 2-1 loss.
The winner of the match will advance to the Fifth Round of the U.S. Open Cup to play the winner of the LA Galaxy and Arizona United match.
101st Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
The annual U.S. Open Cup dates back to 1914 and is open to all affiliated amateur and professional teams to compete in this single-elimination tournament. There are five rounds of elimination play prior to the Quarterfinal, Semifinal and Final Rounds. The winner of the Final will receive $250,000 and will then go on to compete in the CONCACAF Champions League against the likes of Mexican, Canadian, Honduran, Costa Rican and other Caribbean nations. The winner will also have their name engraved on the Dewar Challenge Trophy, which is retired at the U.S. Soccer House in Chicago.
In 2006, the U.S. Open Cup was renamed the Lamar Hunt Open Cup in honor of one of the sport’s first major ownership figures. Hunt is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, and his family still runs FC Dallas in Major League Soccer.
“It is going to be a great match on Saturday night. It’s exciting to host this match at home and it is great for the fans. Chivas USA are a very talented team. We’ve had a great battle on the field the past two seasons with them in the U.S. Open Cup and we don’t expect anything different.” – Colin Clarke
2014 Carolina RailHawks U.S. Open Statistics
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2014 Carolina RailHawks U.S. Open Cup Keeper Statistics