The Carolina Railhawks (3-1-2, 5th place) are for me the forgotten team of NASL. Other teams are flashier, or make bigger signings, but Carolina just keeps winning. A beast to beat at home, they tend to be much tamer on the road. Luckily, Minnesota gets a chance to defend their 1st place in the spring championship against this team at home.
Carolina have let in a lot of goals, which with offense of Minnesota promises to make the game this weekend a high scoring affair. If they had been able to win on the road last season, Carolina would have been in the Soccer Bowl instead of Atlanta.
Carolina seems to favor a more traditional 4-4-2, with Schilawski at the top and their main goal scorer and threat. It appears that they play a more flat midfield, with two defensive midfielders rather than a diamond, with one of the midfielders pushing up.
Look for Carolina to come out compact and waiting for Minnesota to make a mistake and capitalizing on it.
Fan favorite Connor Tobin will be returning with the Railhawks. To understand why Turbo was such a hit with the fans, if you didn’t know already, check out this video from last season.
2-0 Minnesota. They should be able to take care of Carolina at home.