Akira Fitzgerald

Akira Fitzgerald (born July 17, 1987) is a Japanese professional soccer player who plays for USL League One club Richmond Kickers as a goalkeeper.

Akira Fitzgerald
Personal information
Date of birth (1987-07-17) July 17, 1987
Place of birth Chiba, Japan
Height 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Richmond Kickers
Number 1
Youth career
Baltimore Bays
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 71 (0)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Cary Clarets 12 (0)
2011–2014 Carolina RailHawks 48 (0)
2015 New York City FC 0 (0)
2015Carolina RailHawks (loan) 3 (0)
2015–2016 Carolina RailHawks 31 (0)
2017–2018 Tampa Bay Rowdies 13 (0)
2019– Richmond Kickers 26 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 21, 2019

Career

College and amateur

After redshirting his freshman year at Wake Forest, Fitzgerald made four appearances in 2007 and posted a 1-0-1 record. In 2008, Fitzgerald started every game for the Demon Deacons and finished with 13 clean sheets on the season and was named to ACC Honor Roll. Fitzgerald had another solid year in 2009 as he posted a 17-4-3 record in his junior season and was named to ACC Honor Roll for the second year in a row. Despite a rough senior season in 2010 with an 8-9-2 record, Fitzgerald still finished with a 1.23 goals against average, an ACC-best 81 saves, was named Second Team All-ACC and was one of 30 candidates for the 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for men's soccer.

During his time in college, Fitzgerald also spent two season with USL Premier Development League club Cary Clarets.[1][2]

Professional

Fitzgerald joined North American Soccer League club Carolina RailHawks on July 2011. After four seasons with the club, his contract ended and he was promptly signed up on a free transfer by expansion club New York City FC.[3] On May 19, 2015, it was announced Fitzgerald would be re-joining the RailHawks on loan through the NASL's spring season.[4]

Fitzgerald was waived by New York City on 24 June 2015,[5] going on to re-sign with Carolina RailHawks on 2 July 2015.[6]

Fitzgerald joined the Richmond Kickers on 6 February 2019, ahead of the inaugural USL League One season.[7]

References

  1. 2008 Cary RailHawks U23's stats Archived 2012-10-07 at the Wayback Machine
  2. 2009 Cary Clarets stats Archived 2012-10-10 at the Wayback Machine
  3. "New York City FC sign Akira Fitzgerald". nycfc.com. December 11, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  4. "Akira Fitzgerald Returns to Carolina RailHawks". carolinarailhawks.com. May 19, 2015. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  5. http://www.nycfc.com/post/2015/06/24/new-york-city-fc-place-matt-dunn-akira-fitzgerald-waivers
  6. "RAILHAWKS RE-SIGN AKIRA FITZGERALD". carolinarailhawks.com. Carolina RailHawks. 2 July 2015. Archived from the original on 16 August 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  7. "Kickers Add Akira Fitzgerald for 2019". RichmondKickers.com. Retrieved 6 February 2019.


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