Soccer

Shipalane to return to RailHawks

Posted December 13, 2013

Carolina RailHawks Tiyi Shipalane celebrates his goal during their game against Chivas USA Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. (Photo by Andrew Drain)

— One of America’s most exciting soccer player returns to the pitch at WakeMed Soccer Park. Midfielder Tiyiselani Shipalane, known for his blazing speed and ankle breaking step-overs, has signed a multiyear contract extension with the Carolina RailHawks.

“Tiyi has been an integral piece in the RailHawks success on and off the field,” said RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke. “Through his hard work he has become one of the most exciting soccer players in America. I know our fans will be excited to see him and the team return to the field in Spring 2014.”

Shipalane, a native of South Africa, became a fan favorite when he first joined the RailHawks in 2010, but his celebrity rose on May 29, 2012 when Shipalane scored the equalizer and assisted the game winning goal against the LA Galaxy (video, goal at 4:35 mark). Since that match, Shipalane has continued his heroism with game-winning or game-tying goals and assist, including a jaw-dropping finish against FC Edmonton (video).

Since joining the RailHawks, Shipalane has amassed 3,152 minutes over 55 appearances and scored 14 goals. Shipalane’s previous stops include time with Major League Soccer’s DC United, Harrisburg City Islanders and the University of Pretoria (South Africa). In 2012, Shipalane was awarded the Summit Hospitality Community Service Award for his work in the Triangle Community.

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