Whitecaps and RailHawks draw 0-0 - Canadian Press

BURNABY, B.C. — The Vancouver Whitecaps were held to a 0-0 draw with the Carolina RailHawks on Saturday in United Soccer League action at Swangard Stadium. The draw extends the Whitecaps' winless run to four matches and gives Vancouver a 7-9-5 record, good for seventh place in the USL-1 standings. Carolina, meanwhile, extend its unbeaten run to five matches in the league, with the visitors staying in third place with a 13-5-4. The game's major talking point occurred on 26 minutes, as the Whitecaps thought they had taken the lead when Marlon James forced the ball over the Carolina goal-line on the second attempt after the striker connected well with a cross from the right. Much to the disbelief of James and the Swangard crowd, match referee Dave Gantar adjudged that there was an infringement by James on his third attempt on goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell and blew the play down for a RailHawks free kick. Both the Whitecaps and RailHawks head to Cary, N.C., for next Tuesday's third and final regular season meeting, with Vancouver also playing the Battery in Charleston, S.C., on Thursday night. Copyright © 2009 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved.