Carolina RailHawks vs West Ham United Preview: Hammers looking for win in final American friendly

West Ham United will look for a win in the final friendly of their USA tour against the Carolina RailHawks

Carolina RailHawks vs West Ham United Preview: Hammers looking for win in final American friendly
Photo: whufc.com

Slaven Bilic's West Ham United, will be looking for a victory in the final game of their USA tour, when they take on the Carolina RailHawks.

Ending on a high

It has proved a successful trip for Bilic's side, in terms of building up the fitness, and they will be looking to continue that in their final game of the US Tour.

However they will also be looking to head to another pre-season camp in Austria on a high, with goals from Herculez Gomez and Jordan Morris seeing them defeated 3-0 by the Seattle Sounders.

Bilic told whufc.com: "It’s a big honour and a big privilege for us to be here" especially "when we see how warm we are welcomed and how many fans we have here". He added that the team are "impressed by the facilities we have been given, which are ideal for us."

Bilic concluded: "We are looking forward to Tuesday’s game" and believes "it’s going to be quite a competitive one and we will definitely try to make our fans happy on the night.”

Continuing the flow

Like the Sounders, the RailHawks are currently halfway through their domestic season, playing 12 of their 20 domestic fixtures.

The RailHawks sit comfortably in seventh in the North American Soccer League, and head into this clash on a high with a win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Matt Fondy gave them the lead at the WakeMed Soccer Park before a equaliser from Georgi Histrov. However the RailHawks took over from there, with further goals from Brian Shriver and a brace from Nazmi Albadawi to give them a 4-1 victory.

Above: Matt Fondy celebrating his goal in the Carolina RailHawks' 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies | Photo: carolinarailhawks.com
Above: Matt Fondy celebrating his goal in the Carolina RailHawks' 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies | Photo: carolinarailhawks.com

Team news

Bilic will still be without a number of stars that are still recovering from their Euro 2016 and Copa America encounters, with Dimitri Payet, James Collins, Angelo Ogbonna, Darren Randolph, Cheikhou Kouyate and Enner Valencia all missing.

Diafra Sakho didn't travel with the squad, having been heavily linked with a move but is out with illness, while Michail Antonio is still in the English capital to attend the birth of his daughter.

There will be some English connections in the RailHawk side, with Paul Black, Matt Watson and Simon Mesing all in contention for a start.

Their biggest threats to the Hammers defence will be Nazmi Albadawi who is the current NASL Player of the Week. He will be joined along with Matt Fondy, who scored his first goal in the win over the Rowdies, and was the top scorer of the USL back in 2015.

West Ham United will take on the Carolina RailHawks at the WakeMed Soccer Park on Wednesday, July 13 with kick-off at 1am BST.