The New England Revolution defeated the Carolina Railhawks 2-1 in their final preseason match-up at WakeMed Soccer Park. Pat Phelan scored first for the Revolution with a header in the 41st minute, assisted by Kenny Mansally. Second-half substitute Mark Schulte equalized for the Railhawks in the 85th minute. Zack Schilawski, a native of Cary, North Carolina, scored the gamewinner unassisted in the 87th minute. The goal was Schilawski’s team-leading fourth of the preseason.
Long-term injury victims Taylor Twellman (neck pain/concussion) and Matt Reis (shoulder/knee surgery) both departed North Carolina earlier this week after spending the first portion of the trip with the team. Meanwhile, Kevin Alston (hamstring), Darrius Barnes (quad), Mauricio Castro (ankle) and Edgaras Jankauskas (calf) were also unavailable because of injury, while captain Shalrie Joseph was rested.
Last year, Schulte scored the gamewinner against the Revolution in the 1-0 preseason result. Also performing for the Railhawks was Gregory Richardson, who scored a hat trick and an assist in the 4-0 result against New England while playing for Joe Public in the 2008-2009 CONCACAF Champions League. Ramak Safi, a standout Iranian trialist with the Revolution last year, also played for Carolina.
The Railhawks are part of the North American Soccer League (NASL), which has been sanctioned for one year as the USSF Division 2 Pro League.
The Revolution begin their 2010 regular season on Saturday, March 27, when they visit the LA Galaxy at the Home Depot Center. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 p.m. ET, and will be televised on Fox Soccer Channel.
NE – Pat Phelan (Kenny Mansally) 41
CAR – Mark Schulte (unassisted) 85
NE – Zack Schilawski (unassisted) 87
New England Revolution (4-4-2): Preston Burpo (GK), Seth Sinovic (Khano Smith 61), Cory Gibbs ©, Emmanuel Osei, Chris Tierney, Kenny Mansally, Joseph Niouky (Mike Videira 61), Pat Phelan, Sainey Nyassi (Zak Boggs 61), Kheli Dube (Nico Colaluca 61), Zack Schilawski
Unused substitutes: Bobby Shuttleworth (GK), Tim Murray (GK), Gabriel Badilla
Carolina RailHawks (4-4-2): Eric Reed (GK), Ramak Safi, Brad Rusin, Matt Bobo, John Gilkerson, Amir Lowery ©, Daniel Paladini, Kupono Low, Andriy Budnyy, Sallieu Bundu, Gregory Richardson
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