Local standout Joseph Toby signs with Armada FC

Feb 2, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (February 2, 2015) - The Armada FC, Jacksonville’s new North American Soccer League team, announced today the signing of local standout defender Joseph Toby.

Toby, 26, had a decorated four-year career at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., that included an NCAA Division II Daktronics first-team All-America selection as a junior in 2011 and being named first-team All-Peach Belt Conference for four years. Prior to Flagler, Toby was a four-year letterman at Wolfson High School in Jacksonville.

The addition of Toby bring the Armada FC’s official first team roster count to 18. Toby joins Matt Bahner, Nurdin Hrustic, Shawn Nicklaw, Fabricio Ortiz and Lucas Trejo in the defender mix.

"Joseph Toby brings solid potential to our club," said Armada FC General Manager Dario Sala. "He has a lot of the prototypical characteristics you look for in a defender. I look forward to seeing how he develops and contributes."

Toby returned to Jacksonville in August on trial for the Armada FC after spending 2014 with USL PRO’s Arizona United SC, where he made 11 appearances and logged one assist in 593 minutes of action. Prior to Arizona, Toby had a brief stint with Orlando City SC (then USL PRO) that same season. In 2013, he appeared in 11 matches and notched two assists for IMG Academy Bradenton of the USL Premier Development League after spending 2012 with the Orlando City U-23 squad in the same league. He logged more than 1,400 minutes in 16 appearances.

A native of Freetown, Sierra Leone in Africa, Toby relocated to Jacksonville with his family in 2004 at the age of 15. He also played with youth development clubs FC JAX Destroyers and Central Florida Kraze.

The Armada FC expect to make additional player announcements over the next several weeks as it eventually rounds out its full roster by the start of the new NASL season in April 2015.