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Armada FC Sign Florida Product Derek Gebhard

Jul 30, 2015

Armada FC Public Relations | July 30, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The Jacksonville Armada FC announced Thursday the signing of former Jacksonville FC, Florida Gulf Coast University and Jacksonville United FC forward Derek Gebhard to a professional contract.

“We think Derek has a strong future ahead of him, which is why we are pleased to be able to sign him to our club,” said Armada FC general manager Dario Sala. “He is a fast, technical player that will fit well into our system.”

A 19-year-old that moved to Severna Park, Md., from Spain when he was five and moved to Florida as a teenager, Gebhard recently played with NPSL side Jacksonville United FC in the spring. He also played on the JFC U19 team that won the 2015 Florida Youth Soccer Association state cup.

Prior to playing for JUFC, Gebhard played a season with Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Fla., where he logged 605 minutes in 16 appearances, with one start for the Eagles. Gebhard finished with 17 shots on the season, including five on goal, and recorded an assist in his college debut against USF on Aug. 29, a 2-0 FGCU win.

In spring 2013, he helped lead George Steinbrenner High School in Lutz, Fla., to a 19-3-3 overall record and a trip to the Florida Class 4A state final after scoring the golden goal in the state semifinal match. Gebhard racked up nine goals in his last winter semester of high school.

He was also chosen to play with the U.S. Soccer Region III Olympic Development Program in 2013, where he helped lead his squad to a 4-0-0 record in San Jose, Costa Rica, which included a 1-0 win over the Costa Rica U17 Men’s National Team.

The signing brings the Armada’s active roster to 25 and gives the team seven forwards.