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Want to be a RailHawks dancer?

The 2009 Carolina RailHawk Cheer & Dance Team Auditions will be held on Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Dancers of all ages and skill levels are welcome to audition at LifeStyle Family Fitness Center in Cary. The deadline to apply is Jan. 17. The audition fee is $25.
Audition Day Registratistion based on space availability with a late fee.
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Carolina RailHawks to Host Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution in March

The Carolina RailHawks announced today they will host one of Major League Soccer’s premier teams – the New England Revolution -- in the first annual “Community Shield Match” at WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday, March 14, at 7:00 p.m. This match is the first big exhibition included in the new Carolina RailHawks 2009 “All-Inclusive” season ticket package. Individual tickets will go on sale in early February.

RailHawks announce second round of tryouts

The Carolina RailHawks announced they will hold their second round of open tryouts on Feb. 14 and 15. The tryouts will be held at WakeMed Soccer Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with registration on the 14th at 8:30 a.m.

“I’ve had a chance to see some really good talent at the first tryout,” said RailHawks head coach Martin Rennie. “Holding a second tryout will give us a chance to see more talented athletes who were not able to come to WakeMed the first time ar

RailHawks Partner with Local Ticketing Company

Cary, NC (Wednesday, December 10, 2008) – The Carolina RailHawks announced today that they have reached an agreement with Morrisville-based company Etix to be the exclusive ticketing provider for the RailHawks organization.

"We here at Etix are absolutely thrilled to be the chosen ticketing provider for Carolina RailHawks FC,” said Ben Schnurr, Etix Client Rep. “Etix was founded in Raleigh and we take a lot of pride in working with clients in our hometown. From individual tickets to group orders for the whole team or company, RailHawks fans now have a way to get their tickets online quickly and easily--without the ridiculous fees! Our vast ticketing experience, combined with our local knowledge, has greatly prepared us to make this a successful partnership with RailHawks FC.”

Railhawks name Martin Rennie new head coach

The Carolina Railhawks named 33-year old Martin Rennie their head coach at a press conference today.

Rennie spent the last two years coaching Cleveland's USL-D2 team where he was named Coach of the Year in 2007, his first year on the job, and then won the USL-D2 title this past season.

In fact, everywhere Rennie has coached his teams have won and won big, and that's a great sign for a franchise that has never come back to win after allowing the other team to score first.

Rennie is of Scottish descent but met his wife in Charlotte 12 years ago and is excited to be back in the area and ready to build a winner here in Cary.

Here's the audio from the day, starting with the bagpipes that played before the ceremony: 

From the "Where Are They Now" File: Jonny Steele

One of the highlights of the RailHawks inaugural season in 2007 was the play of mercurial midfielder Jonny Steele.

Playing for the Puerto Rico Islanders this season, Steele was named MVP of the USL earlier this month.

Big changes for the RailHawks

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The announcement today that RailHawks general manager Chris Economides has been bought out by his partners and coach Scott Schweizer fired marks a major milestone in the franchise's history.

Economides built the Rochester Rhinos into a USL powerhouse and was expected to do the same in Cary. This year's team should have been a step forward from the inaugural season, but somehow staggered backward.

Odds don't favor RailHawks

The RailHawks are only two points back of the USL First Division’s seventh and final playoff spot with nine games to play. They are 1-8-5 since June 1 and winless in their last eight outings. The odds of them reaching the postseason for a second year aren’t good.

This according to software developed by Raleigh’s Ken Roberts, who’s system places the RailHawks postseason chances at a lowly 15.9 percent.

Roberts is a part-time software engineer at Interface Technologies and started working on his software, Sports Club Stats, in March 2006. It also tracks other sports. Jarrett Campbell, uber-RailHawks fan and head of the RailHawks’ supporters club, asked him to add USL to the software, and Roberts obliged.

In an e-mail, Roberts explained the software as such: “ calculates the RailHawks odds of making the playoffs, how each upcoming game will impact those odds, and how well they have to finish out to have a shot at the playoffs. It knows the season schedule and the scores of past games. Each night it grabs any new scores form the internet. Then it simulates the rest of the season by randomly picking scores for each remaining games. (I have a version for baseball that takes the opponents record into account when randomly picking scores, so the better team is more likely to win. The the other sports, including USL, just give each opponent an equal chance of winning or drawing each game). After it finishes the season it applies the leagues tie breaking rules to see where everyone finished. Then it repeats this process 50 million times, keeping track of how often each team finishes where. Then it updates the web page with the new results for you to read with your morning coffee.”

Edozien: 'Time for me to go somewhere else'

I spoke with RailHawks forward Conally Edozien a couple hours after Friday's trade went through but didn't have a chance to finish the story until late last night. It's posted here. Sorry for the delay.

To see some of Edozien's Carolina highlights, click here.

For a wrap-up on the week that was in the RailHawks' world, see Wednesday's edition of The Cary News.

FINAL: Whitecaps 3, RailHawks 2

Two senseless Carolina fouls in the opening 10 minutes Friday led to two free kicks for Vancouver, which led to two goals, which led to the RailHawks running their USL winless streak to seven matches Friday night at WakeMed Soccer Park.

I’ve got a few thoughts/tidbits to share before calling it a night (morning). My game report’s here.

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