RailHawks: Next Up David Beckham

Story by Matt Young. Photo by Kelsey.

Cary, NC – With a first half 5-goal onslaught by the Railhawks, the WakeMed Park crowd saw the Cary-based team finding the back of the net a total of 6 times in Tuesday nights’ US Open Match. Next up: David Beckham and the L.A. Galaxy.

Scoring Drought Broken by Deluge

For the first 45 minutes, the ‘Hawks were seemingly banging them home at will on Tuesday night.

It was a nice release for the team and the home crowd – finally seeing some welcomed scoring.

They went on to beat the PSA Elite (Irvine,California) team, who went scoreless in this match.

The PSA Elite is an amateur Association Club with a mixture of prospects and experienced players. Notably both Mikey Lopez and Jordan Gafa, who were members of the 2011 National Champion UNC Men’s Soccer team, play for PSA Elite.

First Half – Hats Off to Shriver

The first 45 minutes had Shriver finding the goal 3 times for a hat trick. The RailHawks had outshot their opponent 14-5 in the period.

Brian Shriver had a great near miss shot after a pass from Zimmerman in the 4th minute. After that he was magic.

In the 7th minute, Shriver scored on an unselfish assist from Cary native Zack Schilawski on a breakaway. Midfielder Austin Da Luz set the play up.

In the 9th, Lowery scored off of a corner kick.

In the 23nd, it was Da Luz to Shriver, who opted not to pass to Breiner Ortiz staring at an open net on the left.

The 40th saw the Shriver- Schilawski combo again with Shriver netting number 3.

At 40:12, Schilawski scored on an assist from Ortiz. Fullback Cory Elenio set the play up.

There were several missed opportunities by the Railhawks, believe it or not.

Ball Control

The second half saw the RailHawks control the ball with short passes in triangle formations.

Shriver scored his fourth of the night after a shot was temporarily stopped by PSA Elite Goalkeeper Trevor Widdon.

Next Up: LA Galaxy and David Beckham

The ‘Hawks will face the the L.A. Galaxy from the Western Conference in the next round at WakeMed Soccer Park on Tuesday, May 29. Tickets are still available.

The Galaxy has a line-up of big names: Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane, and David Beckham.

L.A. won the U.S. Open Cup and the MLS Cup in 2011. This year, they’re in 9th place in the West with a 3-6-2 record.

RailHawks great deal – for $33 you will be guaranteed a Premium seat to see the L.A. Galaxy and two more RailHawks games including the July 3 Fireworks Extravaganza and the Regular Season Finale. You can order tickets by calling the Cruizers Box Office at (919) 459-8144.


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6 replies
  1. Sofia Perez
    Sofia Perez says:

    is it for sure that david beckham will be playing this match? huge fan!

    • Hal Goodtree
      Hal Goodtree says:

      No guarantees. But he is on the active list. I would expect them to bring the whole team. Unless maybe Posh has a prior commitment.

    • Lindsey Chester
      Lindsey Chester says:

      For sure- game sold out- rumor that another 1200-1500 seats may go on sale if the Town gets those extra bleachers approved

  2. Robert Campbell
    Robert Campbell says:

    Read this over at the Indy:
    Triangle Offense contacted David Vaught, director of operations for the Carolina RailHawks. The “current allotment” has been sold, Vaught said, but the team expects 1,500 additional seats for the new north stand to become available Friday.

  3. Hal Goodtree
    Hal Goodtree says:

    Received this from the RailHawks:

    Over 6,500 tickets have been sold to the Tuesday, May 29th Third Round Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match between the Defending MLS Champions LA Galaxy and the Carolina RailHawks at WakeMed Soccer Park. No more tickets are available in the initial inventory. The Town of Cary and the RailHawks are working closely together to gain clearance to open the newly constructed North Stand at WakeMed Soccer Park. Final inspections and approvals are scheduled for Friday.

    In the interim, “Galaxy 3-Packs” can be reserved by calling the Cruizers Box Office at WakeMed Soccer Park at 919-459-8144. These packages will be reserved on a first come first served basis and if the North Stand is cleared for use at the Friday inspection, orders will be processed.

    “A huge thank you goes out to the Town of Cary as well as the many construction workers who have worked tirelessly on phase one of the six million dollar upgrades that are ongoing here at WakeMed Soccer Park,” said RailHawks President Curt Johnson. “The Open Cup game against the Galaxy will be a fantastic way to showcase the new WakeMed Soccer Park, the passion that exist in this community for professional soccer and the ongoing stadium improvements.”

  4. Robert Campbell
    Robert Campbell says:

    Our Railhawks have gotten that much needed first win out of the way and the Galaxy match-up should be a good one.

    NOTE: GET TO THE GAME EARLY!!! There is construction, so instead of a single entrance, there are multiple entry points. Also, if you have tickets, PICK THEM UP EARLY before game day. This is a sell out.

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