|#14 Abel Gebor|
2012: Third times a charm for local midfielder Abel Gebor. Having tried out for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on no less than three separate occasions, Abel Gebor finally joined the club on his third attempt.
The 22 year-old resident of Lauderdale Lakes put pen to paper on his first professional contract with the Strikers on March 13, 2012, becoming an official member of his hometown club.
On April 25, Gebor made his professional debut with the Strikers, replacing Pecka in the 88th minute of the 3-2 win against the Puerto Rico Islanders at Lockhart Stadium. In his next appearance, Gebor started and played 90 minutes in the 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Stars on May 19. He earned his next start just three days later in the 7-2 win against Fresno Fuego in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup.
Amateur: Gebor developed at the Lauderhill Lions of the CASA Super League in Lauderhill, Florida after coming to the United States in 2006.
With the Lauderhill Lions, Abel played under head coach Warren Bloise. The club is noted for producing great soccer players such Alvin James (Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Miami Fusion), Colin Fowles (Fort Lauderdale Strikers and USMNT), Tyrone Marshall(Colorado Rapids and Jamaica), and Mark Chung (Kansas City Wizards, USMNT).
College: Gebor had a short spell in college soccer, playing briefly with Tyler Junior College and Lon Morris Junior College upon graduating from high school.
Personal: Gebor is a native of Liberia who left the country in 2003 for Ghana, before coming to the United States in 2006.
He attended three different open tryouts for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and trained with the team for two years before officially signing a contract with the club.