USSF Division 2 Semifinal Preview: Gulls vs RailHawks

 

Montreal heads into the first leg of their semifinal clash with Carolina as a definite underdog, but this is why you clean up at home.

Carolina finished first in the NASL conference this season, with 47 points; four more than L’Impact. They certainly won’t be an easy opponent, that is for sure.

These are the scores of the matches between the two clubs this season:

Montreal 1-1 Carolina

Carolina 2-0 Montreal

Montreal 2-2 Carolina

Carolina 0-1 Montreal

Montreal 0-2 Carolina

The teams haven’t faced since August 7. Though, by seeing the scorelines, they certainly are well matched. Carolina leads the season series 2-1-2, and this matchup should be an absolute cracker.

The first leg starts tonight at 7:30 pm EST, in Stade Saputo. The second leg will be Sunday night at 6 pm.

The Gulls will have a much tougher time pulling out this aggregate win than they did against Austin, so if you are a Montreal supporter, prepare for some nail-biting.

To Ali Gerba: Montreal needs you to do exactly what you did against Austin. If not, L’Impact will be in big, big trouble.

A 1-0 home win for Montreal would put them in a good position. They cannot lose the first leg. If they do, they may not be able to come back.

Regarding Carolina: I am not usually a big supporter of the super-American nicknames for teams, but “RailHawks” is pretty awesome. I don’t know who came up with that, but they need a pat on the back. RailHawks is badass.

The other semifinal is between Vancouver Whitecaps FC and P.R. Islanders. That match starts at 8 pm EST in Puerto Rico. I wouldn’t want to be having to take that road trip (LONG), but it will be interesting to see who heads to the final.

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One last USSF Division 2 comment. If you haven’t heard, Tampa Bay Rowdies have dropped the “Rowdies” moniker, and will now on be known as FC Tampa Bay. Good move. That name may have history, but it was awful. Just awful.

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