Devala Gorrick

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Devala Gorrick
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Personal information
Full name Devala Gorrick
Date of birth (1987-07-08) July 8, 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Moundsville, West Virginia, United States
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Saint Louis FC
Number 1
Youth career
2002 Bayer Leverkusen
2003 Austria Wien
2006–2007 Tyler Apaches
2007–2008 Barry Buccaneers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Ajax Orlando Prospects 14 (0)
2008 Central Florida Kraze 16 (0)
2009 Bayamon FC 10 (0)
2010 Pattaya United 12 (0)
2011–2012 Air Force United 79 (0)
2013 IK Frej 18 (0)
2014 Ottawa Fury 12 (0)
2015–2016 Colorado Springs Switchbacks 48 (0)
2017– Saint Louis FC 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 13, 2015.

Devala Gorrick (born July 8, 1987) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a goalie for Saint Louis FC of the United Soccer League

Early career[edit]

Gorrick began serious club football at 15 with the former Ajax Orlando Prospects, which was formed as an affiliate to the Dutch pro team Ajax Amsterdam.[1]

When Gorrick was 15 he was sent to the Bundesliga's Bayer Leverkusen Academy for training and trials. He spent three months there gaining professional exposure and experience. He played matches with the youth academy, as well as gained direct training from top flight players such as Hans-Jörg Butt, Lúcio, Klaus Toppmöller and more.

At age 16 Gorrick was sent to Vienna, Austria to house and train with the academy of Austria Wien football club. He spent 2 months with the academy and played matches with the U-16 and U-17 teams. He gained coaching and mentoring from the renowned coach Christoph Daum.

College[edit]

After playing goalkeeper for Santa Fe High School[2] he began his college career with Tyler Junior College in Texas. He was then transferred his junior year to Barry University in Miami where he was the starting goalkeeper his Junior and Senior year posting a 1.73 GAA and was honored as Defensive player of the week on four occasions and also added to the Athletic Deans list. He received his degree in 2009 in Advertising.

Club career[edit]

Bayamon FC[edit]

Gorrick started his professional career at Bayamon FC in Puerto Rico. He started 10 games, posted 5 shutouts with a .70 GAA. Gorrick played an important role in helping lead Bayamon to be Puerto Rico Soccer League Champions in 2009, winning on aggregate 3–2 over Atletico de San Juan FC.[1]

Thailand[edit]

In 2010, he signed a one-year contract with Thailand football club Pattaya United FC for their 2010 season. During this season, Gorrick, played in the top division of Thai football, the Thai Premier League. Gorrick was the starting goalkeeper for Air Force United F.C. for the 2011 season. Gorrick starred for the club in the Thai Division 1 League for the 2011 season and the Thai Premier League for the 2012 season. In 2012, Gorrick was called up to the Thai Premier League All Star team.[3]

IK Frej Sweden[edit]

Following a trial at IK Frej in the Swedish Division North, Gorrick was offered a two-year contract, on the recommendation of Goalkeeper Coach and former Sweden Goalkeeper Magnus Hedman. Gorrick immediately established himself as the club's first choice keeper. In his second competitive start for the club, Gorrick starred against Swedish Champions League giants Malmö FF pulling off numerous great saves, including a penalty save from Simon Thern.[4] Following the match, Gorrick was described as "excellent" by Malmö FF captain Jiloan Hamad.[5]

During the first half of 2013 Gorrick played 15 regular season games, along with 3 Svenska Cupen matches. For the last 2 months of regular season he was left out of the squad due to minor ankle injury.

Ottawa Fury FC[edit]

Following a successful season in Sweden, Gorrick signed with Ottawa Fury FC in Canada for the 2014 season. He started 12 league matches and played 2 Canadian Championship cup matches.[6]

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC[edit]

Gorrick signed a contract with the Colorado Springs Switchbacks for the 2015 United Soccer League season.[7]

On January 5, 2016 it was announced that Gorrick had resigned with Colorado Springs Switchbacks for the 2016 United Soccer League season.[8]

Saint Louis FC[edit]

On November 10, 2016 Saint Louis FC has come to terms with midfielder Ivan Mirkovic and goalkeeper Devala Gorrick, pending United Soccer League and the United States Soccer Federation approval.[9]

International career[edit]

Gorrick has yet to be tapped for the United States international team, however he was invited to train with the team in 2009 to help them prepare for the 2010 World Cup.[10]

Personal life[edit]

At the moment he is the goalie coach at Castle Rock Storm.

Film career[edit]

Besides his active soccer career Gorrick is owner of the Alachua based Angry Lion Studios and works as documentary filmmaker and film producer.[11] His first film, Waves of Destruction, was nominated for the Vaisnava Film / Video Festival Awards. The film followed the food relief group Food For Life into the tragedy stricken countries of Sri Lanka & South India after the disastrous tsunami in 2004.[12]

Acting[edit]

Gorrick pursues his passion as an actor and a commercial model. He has been cast for principle background work in some Hollywood films that will be released in 2015.[13]

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