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Former Revs player Schilawski joins RailHawks camp

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Former New England Revolution forward Zack Schilawksi arrived in Carolina last week, but is it too late for the Cary native to stick onto the RailHawks' roster?

"There's maybe one spot that we're looking to fill and we'll continue to look,"said Clarke on Thursday.

New Carolina coach Colin Clarke has said that he wanted to add one more player to the team's roster, but a late arrival of Schilawski - who was released a month ago by the Revolution and unable to land on another MLS roster could make signing two players tempting.

The RailHawks already had former 24-year-old Austin da Luz in camp before Schilawski showed up for his trial. Da Luz, a midfielder who has played for the New York Red Bulls and D.C. United in the MLS, had an assist in Saturday's exhibition against the Wilmington Hammerheads.

Also trialing with the team are former Middle Creek High/Wake Forest University midfielder Nick Millington and former New York Red Bulls central defender Sacir Hot, 20.

Schilawski, 24, played two seasons for the Revolution and scored six goals in 50 appearances (28 starts). The former Cary High star played in Thursday's exhibition against the Charleston Battery, just one day removed from getting into town.

"(It's an) opportunity for me to have the first look at him and a couple of others," said Clarke.

Schilawski, da Luz, Millington and RailHawks goalkeeper Akria Fitzgerald all played together at Wake Forest University.

If it comes down to an either/or situation on which young ex-MLS player to sign, RailHawks already have four forwards (if Nick Zimmerman counts as a forward and not a midfielder) signed for next year as well as five attacking or central midfielders (if Breiner Ortiz fits the bill of this description - have not seen enough of him to really tell) and two holding midfielders (not including Ortiz or Cory Elenio in this group).

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J. Mike Blake has been the Sports Editor for The Cary News and Southwest Wake News since October 2008. He holds two "unofficial" NCHSAA records in two different sports - highest career free throw percentage (2-of-2) in basketball and fewest career singles victories (zero. sigh.) for tennis.