The last remaining major question mark from last year's RailHawks squad has been forward Dan Antoniuk. Now it seems he signed very recently with the Chicago Storm of the four-team Xtreme Soccer League.
According to this news item of Feb. 20, 2009, Antoniuk joined the team for that day's game against the Detroit Ignition and was expected to suit up as soon as he passed the physical. The Storm is two-thirds of the way through its season, which ends April 5.
The 6-foot-3 bruiser played for the ’Hawks last year after a fine 2007 with the Atlanta Silverbacks in which he notched 23 points and was a finalist for USL-1 MVP.
He didn't achieve the same level of effectiveness in 2008 with the offensively challenged RailHawks, but he and mid-season addition Hamed Diallo did establish a groove late in the year.
We didn't see Antoniuk in camp when we visited two weeks ago.
The RailHawks, with the recently signed Paul Ritchie, now have 21 players on the roster.