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Thursday, January 29, 2009

RailHawks MVP Matt Watson training with San Jose Earthquakes

Posted by on Thu, Jan 29, 2009 at 12:20 AM

Nice catch over at Triangle Soccer Fanatics: 2008 MVP midfielder Matt Watson is "on trial" with the MLS San Jose Earthquakes.

What does this mean for the prospects of seeing him in Cary this year? We're not sure yet, but we hope to find out.

Meanwhile, the RailHawks announced three new signings today, all MLS and USL-1 veterans: midfielders Brian Plotkin and Luke Kreamalmeyer and defender John Gilkerson.

We note that three midfielders have been signed this week, leaving us to wonder about last year's co-offensive players of the year Fusilier and Nuñez, and the above-mentioned Watson. We'll stay tuned.

Here are the bios supplied by the RailHawks.

Brian Plotkin is arguably one of the most talented midfielders in the United States. He was drafted by the Chicago Fire in 2006 after spending his collegiate career at Indiana University where he won two back-to-back NCAA College Cups. While at Indiana he was also a finalist for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Award, one of the most prestigious honors in collegiate soccer. Between 2006 and 2008 Plotkin saw action in 23 games tallying one goal and one assist. In August of 2008 Plotkin transferred to MLS Cup Champions Columbus Crew.

Luke Kreamalmeyer is a midfielder who most recently played with the Rochester Rhinos. He was drafted by Salt Lake City of the MLS in 2005 and played in six matches before transferring to the Portland Timbers in 2006.He spent two years in Portland playing in 50 games and tallying nine goals. At the beginning of the 2008 season Kreamalmeyer was signed by the Rochester Rhinos. While at the Rhinos, he started all 30 games of the season and scored four goals and nine assists for 17 pts.

Defender John Gilkerson is a graduate from Winthrop University who was drafted by the New York Red Bulls in 2008. Gilkerson made his full professional debut for the Red Bulls on 1 July, 2008, in a US Open Cup third round game against Crystal Palace Baltimore.

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