Mar 26, 2012

Hotspur sign former German Professional Gibson

(Fredericksburg, Va. March 26th, 2012) - The Fredericksburg Hotspur are pleased to announce the signing of Grover Gibson as a player and Assistant Coach for the 2012 season.  Gibson played professionally in Germany beginning in 1996 for VFB Stuttgart U-18 Bundesliga after leaving high school, then on to other well-known German clubs such as SC Preussen Muenster, FC Augsburg, SV Elversbrg, and FC Mainz.  Gibson's last club was Rot-Weiss Ahlen, in Bundesliga 2, from 2006-2009, where he made 30 appearance and scored 6 goals.  Gibson's professional career ended in 2009 due to a fractured eye socket.

In total, Gibson played in 225 professional matches, and scored 18 goals.

"I'm extremely pleased to have the opportunity to play right here in the town where I grew up," said Gibson.  "I strive and hope to help create a professional environment and atmosphere with the Hotspur."

Gibson is the second major player signing with the Hotspur in as many weeks, as he joins former Trinidad and Tobago international Evans Wise on the club's roster.

Grover Gibson, Fredericksburg Hotspur

"Grover is really going to help us in the 2012 season," said Hotspur Head Coach Carl Gray.  "He has played at the highest levels in Germany for more than 10 years, and his experience and skill are going to help us both on and off the field.  The younger guys on the squad are going to learn a lot from he and Evans Wise this year."

The club will officially introduce Gibson on Monday, March 26th, at 7 o'clock at the Hotspur offices in the Fredericksburg Field House.  All are welcome to attend.

The Hotspur kick off their season on May 13th at the Northern Virginina Royals.

The team's first home game will be Saturday, May 19th, at the University of Mary Washington, as part of a doubleheader with the W-League's Fredericksburg Impact.  

The top developmental men’s league in North America, the PDL features 73 teams within four conferences across the United States and Canada. The PDL season consists of 16 regular season matches for each team, eight home and eight away, and provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility. In addition to league play, PDL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various exhibitions. The PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world.