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RailHawks add three more players with MLS experience to lineup

April 1, 2009 - USL First Division (USL-1) - North Carolina FC News Release

Cary, NC (Wednesday, April 01, 2009) - The Carolina RailHawks announced today the addition of goalkeeper Caleb Patterson Sewell, midfielder Amir Lowery and defender Devon McKenney to the 2009 roster pending League and USSF approval. Fans will have a chance to see these great players in action on opening day, Saturday April 11, at 7:00 p.m. as the RailHawks host the Minnesota Thunder at WakeMed Soccer Park. individual tickets ($10, $15 and $20) are available at the LGFCU Box Office, by calling 919-859-KICK (5425) or by visiting

"All three players have proven themselves at training camp," said RailHawks Head Coach Martin Rennie. "They are proven professionals who played for some great clubs and have MLS experience. They are going to be an important part of what we are trying to build here on and off the field."

Born in Tennessee, Sewell began his youth career in Australia in the Toowoomba Raiders youth system. He was quickly noticed by Belgian powerhouse Anderlecht who invited him to join their reserve side in 2004. By the end of 2004, Sewell was playing with Sheffield Wednesday in England before transferring into Liverpool's youth squad in 2005. He played in four reserve matches with Liverpool before returning to Australia. In 2007 he signed with the Cleveland City Stars and helped the USL-2 side qualify for their first ever US Open Cup. Sewell spent the 2008 season with the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer and made his MLS debut in an international friendly against Barcelona in August of 2008. Sewell made an impact already for the RailHawks with a spectacular 84th minute save in the "Community Shield" match against the New England Revolution on March 14.

A two-time All-ACC selection with Wake Forest, Lowery was drafted by the Colorado Rapids in the 2005 Major League Soccer Superdraft with the 45th pick overall. While in Colorado he made two first team appearances and 11 reserve appearances. In 2007 he transferred to the Kansas City Wizards where he saw action in 13 reserve matches. In May 2008, Lowery was acquired by the San Jose' Earthquakes and spent the rest of 2008 under the direction of Coach Frank Yallop. Lowery made his RailHawks debut at midfield against the New England Revolution and quickly stood out with his impressive skill and stature.

Devon McKenney is a native of North Olmstead, OH and spent his collegiate career at the University of Akron. He was an All-MAC Second Team Selection his sophomore year and was a mainstay in the Zips' defense throughout his collegiate career. McKenney spent 2008 with the Columbus Crew reserves where he caught the eye of RailHawks Head Coach Martin Rennie who invited him to training camp this season.

With the USL-1 season just around the corner and opening day on April 11th, the Carolina RailHawks' 2009 season ticket drive is in full swing with the "All-Inclusive" package, that includes all USL-1 matches, all US Open Cup matches and all MLS and International exhibitions, as well as other packages tailored to every soccer fan's needs. For more information contact the LGFCU Box Office at 919-859-KICK (5425) or visit

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