HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Harrisburg City Islanders announced on Monday the club had re-signed veteran goalkeeper Nick Noble. The West Virginia native is set to spend his sixth season with the club this year.
"It's an honor to be a part of an organization that strives to be better and grow in the right direction on a year-to-year basis,” said Noble. “I have seen the league and the organization grow over the years and it's an exciting time to be a City Islander.”
Noble has been the standard in net for the City Islanders since his arrival in 2012, when he posted a 1.26 goals-against average and tallied eight shutouts in his first campaign. Since then Noble has played in at least 15 games every season for the club, earning USL All-League Second Team honors in 2013, and in 2014 helping the club reach the USL Cup Final.
Noble holds the City Islanders’ records for wins, career saves, matches played by a goalkeeper, minutes played by a goalkeeper and career shutouts. His veteran leadership and stability will provide strong depth at the position for Harrisburg this season after the previous signing of 2015 USL Goalkeeper of the Year Brandon Miller.
"Nick has played a big role for the team since 2012 and we are glad to have him back this season,” said City Islanders Head Coach Bill Becher.
Before joining the Islanders in 2012 Noble spent time in Major League Soccer and Europe with several teams. He was a first-round draft pick by the MLS Chicago Fire in the 2007 MLS Super Draft and made his debut for the club during the 2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
After his time in MLS, Noble moved overseas to play with Sweden's Ljungskile SK for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. While in Europe, Noble made 59 starts for Ljunskile before returning to the States and signing a contract with the LA Galaxy at the end of 2011.
Noble is a graduate of West Virginia University, where he was a four-year starter and named the Big East Goalkeeper of the Year in 2008.