Yesterday, the Carolina RailHawks officially announced that former Rhinos Chris Carrieri, Jonny Steele, and Connolly Edozien, along with former Puerto Rico Islander Josh Norkus and Anthony Maher will be members of their inaugural season in 2007.

RailHawks head coach Scott Schweitzer was a teammate of Steele both with the Rhinos and the Syracuse Salty Dogs.

It is unlikely that Carolina will stop adding former Rhinos any time soon. There has been plenty of talk that Frankie Sanfilippo has agreed to a contract with the RailHawks, as well as speculation that Craig Demmin could be headed to Cary. And there is always the chance that former Rhinos such as Bill Sedgewick and others could be calling up either their former teammate in Schweitzer or their former GM in Chris Economides when they are looking for a team this offseason.

I would also expect the RailHawks to add another former Richmond Kicker or two to go with Chris Carrieri. The 2005 USL 1st Division Runners Up and the 2006 USL 2nd Division Champs still have some players that can be impact players in the USL 1st Division. And those are the types of players that the RailHawks are going after as they want to compete right out of the box.

Dick's Sporting Goods Park to be unveiled in MLS' first match of the 2007 season

MLS has announced that the first game of the 2007 MLS season will take place in the brand new home of the Colorado Rapids, Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado.

The match will be carried live on ABC.

Josh Wolff moves to Germany

German second division side 1860 Munich has signed US forward Josh Wolff to a contract that runs through the end of the 2007-08 season.

Wolff joins 1860 Munich from the Kansas City Wizards of MLS. Wolff had seen a potential move to English club Derby County blocked by an inability to secure a work permit in England.

Toronto FC hires Bob Gansler as an assistant coach


Mo Johnston has added former Kansas City Wizards head coach Bob Gansler as his lead assistant coach with the MLS expansion Toronto FC.

Gansler was the Wizards head coach from 1999 until 2006 when he was replaced on an interim basis by Brian Bliss. Gansler also coached the US Men's National Team from 1989-91, as well as coaching the US U-19 and U-20 Youth National teams.

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