Former Spartan Hamilton Joins Carolina Railhawks

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April 6, 2013, Cary, North Carolina (ISN) – After two seasons with FC Edmonton of the NASL, former Trinity Western men’s soccer defender and 2009 CIS Player of the Year Paul Hamilton officially joined the Carolina RailHawks, also of the NASL, Friday.

Hamilton, who played for TWU for three years, from 2007-2010 and helped the Spartans to two Canada West medals – gold in 2007 and silver in 2008 – and a pair of CIS medals – silver in 2008 and bronze in 2009 – arrives in Carolina just a few months after being named to the 2012 NASL Best XI.

The 25-year-old defender joined the RailHawks during the preseason a week ago and will be available for selection tonight when Carolina opens its 2013 NASL Spring Season against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

The Calgary-native played the past two seasons for FC Edmonton recording 4,258 minutes in 51 appearances. He becomes the first Canadian in the club’s 7-year existence to wear the orange and navy for the RailHawks.

“Paul is a great addition to the team and we are excited to have him,” said RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke. “He has been one of the better defenders in the league, being voted to the Best XI, and he brings added experience and knowledge of the league to our backline. He is a great addition to the club on and off the field.”

Hamilton’s week first saw him travel to Charleston, SC to join the RailHawks prior to their final preseason match against the Charleston Battery before arriving into Cary, NC and training with the team at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Hamilton and his new RailHawks teammates will travel to Tampa Bay to open the NASL Spring Season on Saturday, April 6th against the reigning NASL Champion Rowdies at 7:30pm. A live broadcast of the match will be available at  The RailHawks will return to Cary in preparation for the Grand Opening of the New WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday, April 13th at 7:00pm. The match will be broadcast on live television on WRAL2 and streamed over and 99.9-HD3 The Ticket.

Source: Carolina RailHawks