Today the RailHawks Owner Steve Malik and President and General Manager Curt Johnson held a press conference entitled “A New State of Soccer.”
They announced the RailHawks being rebranded as North Carolina Football Club (referred to as North Carolina FC or NCFC). Malik intends to take soccer in North Carolina and the Triangle to the next level. He announced an aggressive campaign to be awarded a Major League Soccer franchise within 12-18 months.
The team currently plays at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. The complex includes a soccer-specific main stadium, two lighted practice fields, and four additional fields. The team is pursuing a location for a new stadium but will continue playing at WakeMed Soccer Park in the meantime.
NCFC also hope to be awarded a women’s team franchise within six months that will play in the National Women’s Soccer League.
The star, Atlantic Blue, and Cardinal Red are reminiscent from the North Carolina State Flag. The lower right point of the NCFC star is in the shape of the geographical Triangle area, the club’s location. The “FC” acronym lies between two airplane wings as an homage to North Carolina’s motto: “First in Flight.”