RailHawks Sign NASL Veteran Simone Bracalello

January 6, 2015 - North American Soccer League (NASL) - North Carolina FC News Release

CARY, NC (January 6, 2015) - The Carolina RailHawks announced today that they have signed NASL veteran Simone Bracalello. The former Minnesota United player becomes the first new addition to the RailHawks roster ahead of the 2015 Season.

"He is a player that brings a wealth of experience in the NASL," said RailHawks Head Coach Colin Clarke. "I've been following him through the years and I know he is capable of scoring goals and creating chances for our team and we couldn't be more excited to add him to our roster."

The Genoa, Italy native comes to the RailHawks after five years of experience in the NASL playing with Minnesota. During his time in Minnesota, he appeared in over 117 matches, logged 6,461+ minutes and scored 29 goals. He was an integral member of the Minnesota teams that won the 2011 Soccer Bowl and finished in second place in 2012.

"I am really excited to be joining the RailHawks. It is a great opportunity for me. I've always thought that WakeMed Soccer Park is one of the best stadiums to play in our league and having the opportunity to do that, with a great group of players and coaches' is exactly what I was looking for," said Bracalello.

Prior to moving to the U.S., the 29 year old Italian forward, started his career as a member of the youth academy of Serie A side (Italian first division) Sampdoria and made his professional debut at age 17 with Savona (Serie C2) in 2002.

You can follow Simone on Twitter @SimoBracalello and you can watch his player highlights here. Simone is fluent in Italian, English and Spanish.

Simone and the RailHawks will open the 2015 Season at home against Ottawa Fury FC on Saturday, April 4th at 1:00pm. RailHawks 2015 Ticket Packages are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling the Johnson Maserati Box Office at (919) 459-8144 or e-mailing Tickets@CarolinaRailHawks.com. For more information on Season Tickets and Flex Plans visit www.CarolinaRailHawks.com. Keep up with all RailHawks news by following them on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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