MIAMI, Fla. (April 8, 2013) – Four goalkeepers walked away from Saturday’s opening North American Soccer League weekend with shutouts to their credit, but one produced more saves and also takes home the NASL Player of the Week award.
Carolina RailHawks goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald is honored for a league-leading seven saves that helped keep the defending champion Tampa Bay Rowdies at bay, including several spectacular stops.
Despite being outshot 17-6 in front of a hostile crowd of 4,232, Carolina was able to earn a hard-fought 0-0 draw thanks largely to Fitzgerald’s heroics.
“Akira is very deserving of being named NASL Player of the Week,” said RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke. “He made some spectacular saves that kept us in the game, eventually earning the shutout. Going into Tampa to face the reigning champions is not a simple task and Akira stepped up with a huge performance.”
This honor is Fitzgerald’s second Player of the Week award, having been recognized in August 2012, when starting his second straight game as the RailHawks won in Atlanta.
The 25-year old goalkeeper played college soccer at Wake Forest University alongside current RailHawks teammates Austin Da Luz and Zack Schilawski. He was a member of the 2007 NCAA National Champions and throughout his career was regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the ACC.
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