JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Former Jacksonville University men's soccer standouts Nurdin Hrustic and Tommy Krizanovic have been announced as the newest additions of the Jacksonville Armada FC, the club announced Wednesday. With its latest roster additions, the Armada - making its North American Soccer League debut against the Philadelphia Union on Feb. 7 - has bolstered its roster to 10 and is expected to round out the team in the coming weeks.
The following is an excerpt from the club's official release on armadafc.com:
Hrustic, a 26-year-old defender who moved to Jacksonville from Bosnia at the age of 10, starred at Wolfson High School from 2004-07, where he was a three-time all-district honoree and was named All-First Coast Player of the Year by The Florida Times-Union. After helping lead Wolfson to its first-ever final four playoff appearance as a senior, Hrustic moved on to Jacksonville University, where he played with his twin brother, Nedim, and helped lead the Dolphins to their first-ever NCAA appearance in 2008. Hrustic was named to the All-Atlantic Sun Conference first team and all-freshman team.
Following his lone season at JU, Hrustic signed a three-year professional contract with German side VFL Bochum in 2009. He netted one goal and recorded five assists in 47 appearances before moving on to German club KFC Uerdingen for an eight-month stint in 2012-13. Hrustic returned to Jacksonville in 2013-14 following a trial with USL PRO club Charleston Battery and made seven appearances for National Premier Soccer League club Jacksonville United FC. In June 2014, Hrustic participated in the Armada FC's first open tryout and joined the club's development squad.
Krizanovic, who will play forward for the Armada FC, moved with his family from Croatia to Jacksonville at the age of 14 and was a four-year standout at Englewood High School. Named The Florida Times-Union's 3A Player of the Year as a senior in 2003, Krizanovic is the school's all-time career goals leader with 210 and helped lead the team to three district championships and one conference title.
He followed his prep career with 38 goals and 10 assists in 35 career appearances at JU from 2004-07. Krizanovic led NCAA Division I in average goals scored per game as a junior and senior and was named A-Sun Player of the Year while earning first-team all-conference honors as a senior. After his time with the Dolphins, Krizanovic was drafted in the fourth round of the Major League Soccer entry draft by FC Dallas in 2008. After a season in Dallas, he moved on to German side Offenburger FV, where he spent the 2008-09 season.
Krizanovic, 30, returned to Jacksonville in 2009 to work as a boys youth coach for Jacksonville FC's Development Academy and owns his own mobile soccer clinic for young children called Happy Feet Soccer Jacksonville. He returned to the pitch as a player in 2011 with Jacksonville United FC, helping lead the squad to a 2011 NPSL Championship and was named the tournament's most valuable player. He helped lead Jacksonville United FC to a South Region title in the 2012 playoffs before accepting an invitation to train with the Armada FC's Development Squad in August 2014.
Tony Taylor, Hrustic's teammate on JU's 2008 championship squad, is another Dolphin talent represented on the professional level. The striker who grew up in Jacksonville, Fla. recently wrapped his MLS season-debut with the New England Revolution. The Revs were crowned Eastern Conference champions before dropping the league championship to the L.A. Galaxy. He is currently signed to the New York City Football Club.