When: Wed., June 12, 7 p.m. 2013
Two weeks ago, the Cary-based professional soccer team known as the RailHawks bested the mighty Los Angeles Galaxy, two-time defending champion of Major League Soccer. They were playing in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, a competition for teams ranging from top-flight professional sides to summer teams for collegians. The Galaxy, truth be told, made only a half-hearted gesture toward winning the game: The coach didn't bother to show up, and a squad of second-stringers took the field in front of a record crowd of 8,121 at Cary's newly renovated WakeMed Soccer Park.
The RailHawks won the game with relative ease, 2-0, thus earning a fourth-round draw against Chivas USA, another MLS team. Although Chivas share a stadium with the Los Angeles Galaxy, they're a consistently weaker outfit—one of the worst in MLS this season, in fact. So conditions are ripe for a RailHawks victory, which would catapult them into the quarterfinals.
If you can't make the game, you can catch a live telecast on WRAL2. If you choose to go, it's best to buy tickets online in advance. Plan to arrive by 6 p.m.; the Town of Cary is still struggling to handle the volume of traffic commanded by games of this magnitude. —David Fellerath