#TbT: Most Thursdays, TSF will take a look back at the history of Carolina RailHawks Football Club through artifacts, pictures, stories, videos, and the recollections of our membership
Although Triangle Professional Soccer announced the return of pro soccer to the Raleigh-Durham area in January 2006, the first USL team to take the pitch at WakeMed Soccer Park was not the Carolina RailHawks.
The Rochester Rhinos, who had ties to Triangle Professional Soccer through owner Frank DuRoss and GM Chris Economides, held their pre-season combine and spring training at SAS Soccer Park in Cary in April 2006. During this time, the Rhinos played several scrimmages against Charleston Battery and UNC Tar Heels, culminating with a full-blown exhibition match against the Atlanta Silverbacks on April 7, 2006. And while there weren't many on-field fireworks for the fans that turned out for a taste of what the USL would bring to Cary, the fans were treated to an aerial display of pyrotechnics for their time.