Railhawks coach gets called up to Major League Soccer to coach in Vancouver

Posted on 08/10/11 No Comments

Coach Martin Rennie addresses the team at the Ft. Lauderdale match

It was bound to happen, when you look at the team he’s built.

Carolina Railhawks head coach Martin Rennie accepted the head coaching job of the Vancouver Whitecaps of the MLS this week, marking an end to three great years in the Triangle. However, he will finish out the season with the Railhawks, which should help propel them once again to the NASL league championship. The team is now 14-2-3 and playing some of the best soccer we’ve seen at WakeMed Soccer Park in many years.

Major League Soccer has seemingly found its grasp on the American public. Given the nation’s economic state of the last few years, one would think that if a professional sports league was going to crumble, it would have happened by now. However, the smartly run MLS has made terrific strides in the last few years, winning in their strategy to partner with European soccer clubs to bring international talent to the states. And vice versa, as a number of U.S. players contribute to teams overseas as well.

It’s hard to be anything but happy for coach Rennie, who has been a tremendous asset to the Railhawks franchise during his time here. His departure poses a difficult test for ownership, as they now face their toughest hurdle since taking over the team last year. Let’s hope the future remains bright for the Railhawks.

By the way, at the August 17 home game against Minnesota, the Railhawks will be hosting “Taste of the Triangle” at 5:30 p.m. For $10, participants can taste an array of local beers and food prepared by some of the area’s best restaurants.

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