In a press release issued late Wednesday the Carolina RailHawks announced it had hosted a club record 8,054 fans to watch the RailHawks play Pumas UNAM, one of Mexico's most popular teams, earlier that evening at the New WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.
While it was a close a entertaining contest the RailHawks were on the wrong end of a 2-1 result as a Floyd Franks own goal in the 16th minute and a 41st minute strike by Puma's Juan Pablo Rodriguez doubled Puma's lead right before the half.
The game took a dramatic turn just a minute later as RailHawks forward Zack Schilawski pulled one back to reduce the deficit to 2-1.
The second half was a wide open end to end game but there were no more goals scored and Pumas UNAM came out on top.
“I thought our team played very well tonight and was our best performance of the preseason,” said RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke. “Pumas were a very good team and we knew it was going to be a tough match. Once we settled in, we were very good and created a number of chances. Playing in an atmosphere like tonight is superb and great for our young team.”
The RailHawks open North American Soccer League play on the road in Tampa Bay on April 6th before returning to North Carolina on April 13th for the Grand Opening of the New WakeMed Soccer Park.