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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Stokes, McClellan dropped from RailHawks roster

Posted by on Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 7:46 PM

Defender David Stokes and goalkeeper Chris McClellan, both two-year veterans of the RailHawks, are no longer on the roster. As recently as yesterday, both players were still listed as part of the team lineup.

McClellan played every minute of every league game last year, and recorded six clean sheets.

Here's his stat line, copied from the USL Web site:

# Name Pos  GKGP   GAA   GKM   GA   GKW   GKL   GKT   SO   Saves   SHFC 
0 McClellan, Chris GK 30 1.433 2700 43 9 11 10 6 109 258















Stokes had a more erratic record with the club. He saw a lot of minutes, and had a memorable draw-saving goal against the Seattle Sounders last July 3, in the 87th minute off a Steve Curfman corner. But he also had a penchant for picking up cards, particularly red ones: He was sent off three times last year. A native of Virginia, Stokes played for three seasons with UNC-Chapel Hill before being drafted by D.C. United in 2003, the fifth player taken.

The RailHawks roster is now down to 19. A team official said that the final roster would be about 24-26 players. The maximum roster size under USL rules is 26. 

The team official had no comment on the departures of McClellan and Stokes.

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