Carolina keeps midseason acquisition

Carolina RailHawks News Release –

Thursday, January 22, 2009

CARY, NC — The Carolina RailHawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with Ivory Coast native and 2008 RailHawks leading scorer, forward Hamed Diallo. Diallo will be donning RailHawks Orange for the 2009 season pending USL and USSF approval.

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Diallo led the team in scoring despite half a season with clubFans will have a chance to welcome him back when the RailHawks host the New England Revolution in the “Community Shield Match” on Saturday, March 14.

“Diallo is an excellent forward,” said RailHawks Head Coach Martin Rennie. “He has proven himself to be a tremendous asset to the RailHawks in only half a season and I look forward to coaching him this year.”

Hamed Diallo was acquired by the RailHawks, in July of the 2008 season, from the Rochester Rhinos in a three-way trade that saw Jamil Walker go to Portland and Andrew Gregor head to Rochester. His acquisition paid dividends immediately as he was named to the USL-1 Team of the Week following his two assists in his first two games as a RailHawk. He proceeded to be named to the best eleven of the week two more times including being named Player of the Week in the final week of the USL-1 season.

Last season, Diallo led the RailHawks in points (17) and goals scored (7) in only 16 games played having arrived midway through the season. RailHawks fans can expect the same dedication and talent and hopefully twice the amount of goals in 2009.

RailHawks new Head Coach Martin Rennie is building an impressive team and Diallo is a piece of the puzzle that will assist the RailHawks in their quest for the USL-1 Championship, the US Open Cup and a berth in the CONCACAF Champion’s League. Over the next few weeks the RailHawks will announce key signings that are sure to excite soccer fans across the Triangle.

The Carolina RailHawks’ 2009 season ticket drive is in full swing with the “All-Inclusive” package, that includes the Major League Soccer exhibition against the New England Revolution on March 14, 2009, as well as other packages tailored to every soccer fan’s needs. For more information contact the LGFCU Box Office at 919-859-KICK (5425) or visit



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