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50 - Akira Fitzgerald

Position: Goalkeeper

Birthdate: 7/17/1987

Hometown: Chiba, Japan

Previous Club: Carolina RailHawks

Height: 5'11'

Weight: 163

Akira Fitzgerald signed with the Tampa Bay Rowdies on March 15, 2017.

Fitzgerald, 29, has played nearly his entire professional career for the Carolina RailHawks, now known as North Carolina FC. In six seasons with Carolina, he made 82 starts, playing 7,380 minutes in goal.

Originally from Chiba, Japan, Fitzgerald played four years of college soccer at Wake Forest University before turning pro in the same state with the RailHawks. In 2015, he joined Major League Soccer’s New York City FC for the expansion season, but he soon re-joined the RailHawks.