The Carolina RailHawks found themselves in the middle of the FIFA scandal this summer, when members of their ownership group, Traffic Sports, found themselves in the middle of the controversy. The NASL immediately severed ties with the group, and began looking for new ownership for the RailHawks.
On Wednesday, reports have emerged suggesting that the league have found a new owner for the club, who should be announced shortly:
Reliable sources close to the RailHawks confirmed that Stephen Malik, a Raleigh entrepreneur specializing in healthcare information technology, is poised to acquire controlling interest in the RailHawks from Traffic Sports USA. The sale could be finalized as soon as next week, although Malik has already been approved by the Board of Governors for the North American Soccer League (NASL) and has been quietly meeting with various figures in the Triangle soccer community.
Without a doubt, this is great news for the RailHawks and the NASL as a whole. The further removed we get from the FIFA fiasco, the better.
With any luck, Malik will be as good an owner for Carolina as Bill McGuire has been for Minnesota United.