Carolina Railhawks send three to the big leagues

Posted on 01/11/11 No Comments

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Well good for them.

But bad for soccer fans.

The Carolina Railhawks has seen three of its players from last season’s league runner-up team promoted to Major League Soccer (MLS) teams, according to this press release on the team site. Given the level of play we saw here last season, no one should be surprised. It was some darn good soccer.

Attacker Tom Heinemann, middy Daniel Paladini and back Daniel Woolard will join the Columbus Crew, D.C. United and Chicago Fire respectively.

At 23, Heinemann was an easy grab. He has height, he’s quick and shows certain long-term potential. He was also a critical part of the Charleston Battery’s USL-2 League championship.

Woolard and Paladini, both 26, will no doubt benefit their respective clubs quickly, given their comfort at that level of play. Paladini is second all time in goals for the Railhawks, top five in appearances and was an all-league selection the last two years.

Woolard had previously played for three seasons with the Chicago Fire but joined the Railhawks in Cary as a free agent after the team struggled with injuries to its back line. His stout play clearly gave the Fire enough reasons to bring him back.

Carolina Railhawks games are some of the most fun you can have with your family come summer in Cary. The games are really affordable and the crowd has a great time. Given the economic conditions of the last year, the success of the team is a testament to the type of atmosphere that’s created at Wake Med Soccer Park.

So while it’s cold and icy out there now, it won’t be long until the Carolina spring warms the turf gets things kicking again at the soccer park.

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