Akira Fitzgerald

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Akira Fitzgerald
Personal information
Full name Akira Fitzgerald
Date of birth (1987-07-17) July 17, 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Chiba, Japan
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Tampa Bay Rowdies
Number 50
Youth career
2007–2010 Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Cary Clarets[1] 12 (0)
2011–2014 Carolina RailHawks 48 (0)
2015 New York City FC 0 (0)
2015 Carolina RailHawks (loan) 3 (0)
2015–2016 Carolina RailHawks 26 (0)
2017– Tampa Bay Rowdies 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 19, 2017.

Akira Fitzgerald (born July 17, 1987) is an American soccer player who plays for Tampa Bay Rowdies in the United Soccer League.


College and Amateur[edit]

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.[2][3]


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.[4] On May 19, 2015, it was announced Fitzgerald would be re-joining the RailHawks on loan through the NASL's spring season.[5]

Fitzgerald was waived by New York City on 24 June 2015,[6] going on to re-sign with Carolina RailHawks on 2 July 2015.[7]


  1. ^ The club was known as Cary RailHawks U23's in 2008
  2. ^ 2008 Cary RailHawks U23's stats Archived 2012-10-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ 2009 Cary Clarets stats Archived 2012-10-10 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "New York City FC sign Akira Fitzgerald". nycfc.com. December 11, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Akira Fitzgerald Returns to Carolina RailHawks". carolinarailhawks.com. May 19, 2015. Retrieved May 19, 2015. 
  6. ^ http://www.nycfc.com/post/2015/06/24/new-york-city-fc-place-matt-dunn-akira-fitzgerald-waivers
  7. ^ "RAILHAWKS RE-SIGN AKIRA FITZGERALD". http://www.carolinarailhawks.com/. Carolina RailHawks. 2 July 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2015.  External link in |website= (help)

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