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The Daily Dirt: A potential Atlanta United rival in Carolina?

A Southern NASL club is thinking about MLS.

The Carolina RailHawks in action.
The Carolina RailHawks in action.
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MLS is considering further expansion beyond 2020, and the NASL's Carolina RailHawks may want in on the action, reports the Raleigh News & Observer. From an Atlanta perspective, bringing Carolina to MLS would be nice. The RailHawks could serve as a solid regional rival to United, considering Orlando City will no doubt become the main rival for David Beckham's Miami club. If Carolina were to make the jump, it would need to double the capacity of its 10,000-seat WakeMed Soccer Park.

"There are a lot of people interested in where pro soccer is going," RailHawks owner Steve Malik told the News & Observer. "I think the answer to it is going to lie in what the fans want. So we'll see."

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