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Carolina RailHawks bring back former NASL Golden Boot winner

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The Carolina RailHawks have introduced new ownership this offseason, and recently made a very shrewd trade to acquire James Marcelin. On Monday, they announced another move that should get the fanbase excited, re-signing former NASL Best XI forward Brian Shriver, who played with the RailHawks in both 2012 and 2013, scoring a total of 27 goals with the club. Those totals included a league leading 15 in the 2013 NASL season, as well as five more during the RailHawks 2012 US Open Cup run.

Shriver rejoins Carolina following two largely disappointing seasons with the Tampa Bay Rowdies, where he signed after winning the North American Soccer League's Golden Boot in 2013. His time in Florida was largely disappointing, however, as he put just five balls in the net in 44 appearances throughout all competitions. With that in mind, Shriver seems to be more than a little excited to return to the RailHawks:

"I am absolutely thrilled to be coming back to the RailHawks, where I spent the best two years of my career. I am extremely excited about getting back up there to work with a great coaching staff."

The RailHawks will obviously be hoping that a change of surroundings helps the forward to re-find his form, which made him one of the most dangerous attackers in the league from 2011-13. If he does, Carolina might be able to be more competitive in 2016.