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RailHawks Sign Former MLS, US Open Cup and USL-1 Champion Josh Gardner

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The Carolina RailHawks announced today the signing of former MLS, US Open Cup and USL-1 Champion, midfielder Josh Gardner for the 2009 season, pending League and USSF approval. Fans will get a first glimpse of this soccer superstar on Saturday, March 14, at 7:00 p.m. when the RailHawks take on the New England Revolution in the Inaugural “Community Shield Match”.


“I am very excited to sign with the Carolina RailHawks,” said RailHawks newest midfielder Josh Gardner. “Martin and the owners have been very welcoming and I appreciate the level of professionalism that the club has portrayed. I believe in Martin's vision for the team and want to be a part of the organization. I’m looking forward to the next couple of years, as I hope that we will bring a championship or two to Cary. "


 “Josh is a tremendous midfielder with a lot of professional experience at the highest levels,” said RailHawks Head Coach Martin Rennie. “I have known him for some time and he is a great leader both on and off the field. He will be an integral part in what we are trying to build here.”


Josh Gardner was drafted by the LA Galaxy in 2004 where he spent three seasons, including the championship season of 2005 that saw the Galaxy win the MLS Cup and the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. During his career in Los Angeles he scored one goal and recorded three assists in 21 games played.


In 2007, Gardner signed with the Seattle Sounders of the USL First Division, where he was an integral part of the team that won the 2007 USL-1 Championship. In the two years Gardner was with the Sounders, he scored a total of seven goals and recorded four assists in 52 games played.

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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.