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RailHawks' Daniel Paladini makes USL-1 first team, hopes to train overseas in off-season

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click to enlarge Daniel Paladini, RailHawks midfielder, team MVP and now first-team all-USL-1 (Photo by Rich Bostwick)
  • Daniel Paladini, RailHawks midfielder, team MVP and now first-team all-USL-1 (Photo by Rich Bostwick)

The RailHawks' stellar midfielder Daniel Paladini was named to the All-League USL First Division's first team, the USL announced today.

Yesterday, the RailHawks' defender Mark Schulte was named to the second team.

Here's the complete first team:

  • GK: Steve Cronin (Portland Timbers)
  • D: Nelson Akwari (Charleston Battery)
  • D: Cristian Arrieta (Puerto Rico Islanders)
  • D: Matt Bobo (Charleston Battery)
  • D: David Hayes (Portland Timbers)
  • M: Daniel Paladini (Carolina RailHawks)
  • M: Ryan Pore (Portland Timbers)
  • M: Ricardo Sanchez (Minnesota Thunder)
  • F: Charles Gbeke (Vancouver Whitecaps)
  • F: Mandjou Keita (Portland Timbers)
  • F: Johnny Menyongar (Rochester Rhinos)

Last night, I posted a forecast of this first team. I got eight (or maybe 7.5) of 11 correct, including the 4-3-3 formation, but my three misses were all RailHawks-related: Cronin was named, not Caleb Patterson-Sewell; two Charleston Battery defenders were named instead of one-plus-Jeremy Tolleson; and finally, Paladini instead of Gregory Richardson. No complaints on the last one—Richardson put up juicier numbers and would have been a league POY candidate had he been in Cary for a full 30 games, but Paladini was the man in the middle all season long and was voted most valuable RailHawk by his teammates.

After Sunday's season-ending draw versus Vancouver, I spoke to both honorees about their off-seasons plans. Paladini said he hopes to do some training overseas while Schulte dropped a hint about considering retirement. Congratulations to both, and let's look forward to having them back in orange next spring.

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