Philadelphia, PA – Junior Lone Star FC is pleased to announce that Anthony Allison has signed with the Stars for the 2016 National Premier Soccer League season, pending his ITC from the U.S. Soccer Federation and approval from the league.
Formerly known as Sargbah Tarpeh, Allison began his youth soccer career at Junior Lone Star FC in 2001 and was a member of the Junior Lone Star U-23 squad that won the club’s first championship in 2008 with the U-23 State title, a subsequent U-23 regional title, and a national semifinal spot.
After graduating from Overbrook High School, Allison was a standout forward at Wilmington University, where he was a NSCAA and NCAA Daktronics First Team All-America selection. Allison was also named Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC), Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), and NCAA Daktronics East Region Player of the Year. He was also a First Team All-Region selection and a four-time First Team All-CACC award winner at Wilmington University, finishing his collegiate career with 56 goals and 26 assists in 72 games.
Undrafted out of college, Allison signed his first professional contract in 2010 with the Puerto Rico Islanders of the USL before going to Sweden where he has been progressing every year.
After his arrival in Sweden in 2011, Allison played for IFK Sundsvall where he scored a whopping 24 goals in 21 matches and won the Golden Boot in the Sweden’s Division III Mellersta.
In 2012, he transferred to Division II Harnosands FF where he scored another 19 goals in 21 matches for the club as they finished third in the league table, but he fell short of winning the Division II Top Scorer title.
In 2014, he joined Frano SK where he scored 25 goals in 20 matches before signing with Sandvikens IF last season when he won the Golden Boot in Sweden’s Division II Norra Svealand after scoring 20 goals in 24 matches for Sandvikens IF. Allison’s goals helped to propel his club to finish second in the league table but that wasn’t enough for promotion to Division I.
“I have been to Puerto Rico and Sweden playing soccer but coming back to where it all began is a big deal for me,” Allison said. “I started here as a kid at 16 and I learned a lot while playing for Junior Lone Star FC. This club means a lot to me and I just want to thank the Front Office, the President, and the Coaches as well as the players for maintaining the stature of the club. I’m very proud to wear the colors of this club once again and I can’t wait for the season to begin.”
“We are excited to have Allison join us for the 2016 NPSL season,” Junior Lone Star FC Head Coach Bobby Ali said. “We have just returned to the NPSL this season from a hiatus in 2015 and we are looking to qualify for Regionals for the first time. Allison brings a lot of experience and I believe he can help us achieve our goals for this season.”
Allison, along with nine other players, will be officially unveiled on Sunday, April 17th at 5:15 PM at the Monsignor Bonner High School Stadium in Drexel Hill, PA as the Stars announce the first batch of players for the 2016 NPSL Season.