City Stars Re-Sign Goalkeeper Hunter GilstrapApril 22, 2009 - USL First Division (USL-1) - Cleveland City Stars Press Release
"Having Hunter back in Cleveland is huge for the club and the City Stars fans," said executive director Aaron Tredway. "Hunter has been a mainstay for the Cleveland City Stars and has been one of our top performers since the beginning. Bringing him in completes a solid goalkeeping lineup and brings a familiar face back to the squad."
Gilstrap returns to the City Stars for his third season after playing for Maritzburg United of the South African Premier League during the off-season. Gilstrap began his soccer career playing for Clemson University and the College of Charleston, where he registered a 1.03 goals allowed average (GAA) and a combined 7 shutouts.
In 2006 he signed with Miami FC after being the 13th overall pick and first goalkeeper selected in the USL-1 draft. With Miami FC he appeared in international friendlies against teams from Spain, Brazil and Guatemala.
In the City Stars' inaugural season, Gilstrap appeared in 12 matches, recorded 6 shutouts and had a GAA of .500. He was named the USL-2 GAA Champion, (formerly named the Goalkeeper of the Year Award), and was the USL-2 Player of the Week in August after a 7-save shutout against the Harrisburg City Islanders.
In 2008, Gilstrap recorded 3 shutouts and had a GAA of 1.125 after appearing in 8 matches. He started two of the three US Open Cup matches against the Michigan Bucks and Chicago Fire. Gilstrap was a key component in the run to the USL-2 championship.
"I'm really excited to be back with the Cleveland City Stars this season," said Gilstrap. "I didn't think I'd be back here so soon. When the opportunity presented itself I absolutely jumped on it. I'm not really sure what to expect with our new team with so many new faces and new challenges, but I know that the organization has done an amazing job of putting together a quality group of guys on such short notice. I think it's going to be another awesome ride."
Gilstrap will be in the new Nike uniform for Saturday's match against the USL expansion franchise Austin Aztex at 8:05 p.m.
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