There's just one match left to play in 2015 for the Carolina RailHawks, but already, the club's fans have something to look forward to in 2016. On Friday, the club announced that Traffic Sports had completed the sale of the club to local technology entrepreneur Stephen N. Malik, allowing the club to cut any remaining ties with the group in the center of the FIFA scandal.
Malik seems excited to see the club continue to grow, and talked about his vision in the introductory press conference:
"The RailHawks are a superb organization representing one of the fastest growing regions with tremendous potential for soccer leadership in the nation. Our goal is to take the RailHawks to the highest level through additional investment in marketing, players, and staffing. We are excited to lead our community in working together to give the Triangle a world-class soccer team."
NASL commissioner Bill Peterson confirmed that, in addition to owning the RailHawks, Malik will also have a spot on the league's Board of Governors:
"We're all extremely excited to welcome Steve into the NASL family. He's a great person, and his passion for both the RailHawks and the Triangle area will lift the club into the upper echelon of pro soccer in this country very quickly."
"This is a great day for the club, and a new day and new opportunity for the great fans and partners of the Railhawks."
The RailHawks close out their this evening, hosting Indy Eleven FC at 7:30 pm ET.