RailHawks U-23’s

About RailHawks U-23's

The Carolina RailHawks U-23s are led by head coach Dewan Bader, who is also serves as an assistant for the RailHawks NASL team.  In 2014, the RailHawks U-23's join the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).

The RailHawks U-23 squad is built upon three pillars, which has ensured their success both on and off the field for the past five years. The first pillar focuses on helping amateur players who aspire to play at the professional level fulfill their potential and play at the highest level they possibly can. The second aims to provide a challenging and educational environment for players, as well as offer guidance and exposure in their pursuit of playing professionaly. The final pillar focuses on the RailHawks committment to play attractive and entertaining soccer and be regarded by soccer fans and experts as the best professional development organization in the country.

The RailHawks U-23s will add to the foundation established by Bader during the years in the USL Premier Development League. In 2009 with the Cary Clarets, Bader guided the team to a 9-4-3 finish in the regular season and they made it to the semifinals of the playoffs before falling 2-1 to the Chicago Fire. In 2008, the Cary RailHawks U-23s went 7-6-3 in the regular season, and they also defeated the England’s Burnley FC, which went on to win promotion to the English Premier League later that season, in a friendly at WakeMed Soccer Park.

In 2011 the RailHawks U-23s won the USASA U-23 National Championship, scoring 27 goals and allowing only 3 in their 6 game run including the 4 games while capturing the 2-23 South Regionals title.  In 2012, the U-23's again claimed the Regional title before falling in penalty kicks during the National Semifinals.

After the disappointing outcome at the 2012 USASA National Championship, the RailHawks U-23 squad bounced back in 2013 by capturing the prestigious USASA National Championship, which was their second in three years. Head Coach Dewan Bader led the team to five wins in their efforts on the regional and national stage, winning the Regional Championship in Montgomery, Alabama with a stunning goal differential of +17 in only three games (7-0, 3-0, 9-1). After advancing through the Regional Championship to the USASA National Championship, the RailHawks U-23 squad powered their way through their semifinals match against South Sound F.C. of Seattle, winning 3-1 and clinching a berth in the finals. Bader and his U-23s finished their national tournament winning run with a decisive 4-1 victory in the finals against Real Caribe S.C., where four different RailHawks players netted goals.  


In addition to their success on the field, Bader and his staff have demonstrated a strong eye for talent. During the last six seasons, they have coached such players as Olukorede Aiyegbusi- Kansas City Wizards (MLS); Darrius Barnes- New England Revolution (MLS); Corben Bone- Chicago Fire (MLS); Evan Brown- Seattle Sounders (MLS); Michael Callahan- Austin Aztecs (USL); Devon Carroll- Wilmington Hammerheads (USL); Mamadou Danso- Portland Timbers (MLS); Jordan Graye- Carolina RailHawks, DC United (MLS); Michael Grella- Leeds United (England); Cole Grossman- Columbus Crew, Real Salt Lake (MLS); Austen King - Carolina RailHawks;Gabe Latigue- New England Revolution(MLS); Tyler Lassiter- Willmington Hammerheads, Red Bull New York (MLS); Enzo Martinez - Real Salt Lake (MLS); Conor O’Brien- Blokhus FC (Denmark); Ike Opara- Sporting KC, San Jose (MLS); Vince Petrasson- Harrisburg City Islanders (USL); Zach Schilawski- Carolina RailHawks, New England Revolution (MLS); Brian Shriver- Carolina RailHawks, Miami FC (NASL); Michael Videra- Chicago Fire, New England Revolution (MLS); Billy Schuler - Hammarby (Sweeden); Ferrety Sousa- Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL); Justin Willis - Carolina RailHawks; Kyle Zobeck - FC Dallas (MLS); Alex Martinez - Sporting KC (MLS); Nazmi Albadawi - Carolina Railhawks.


RailHawks U-23s Accomplishments and Accolades


Regular Season record: 7W-6T-3L


Regular Season record: 9W-4T-3L


Regional Cup Champions

National Cup Champions


Regional Cup Champions

National Cup Runners-Up


Regional Cup Champions

National Cup Champions




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Additional inquiries should be directed to Bader via e-mail at dewan@carolinarailhawks.com.