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John Gilkerson
Personal information
Full name John Gilkerson
Date of birth May 4, 1985 (1985-05-04) (age 24)
Place of birth Winchester, Virginia, United States
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Carolina RailHawks
Number 15
Youth career
2004–2007 Winthrop Eagles
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 Virginia Beach Submariners 14 (0)
2007 Hampton Roads Piranhas 16 (1)
2008 New York Red Bulls 0 (0)
2008 Richmond Kickers (loan) 6 (0)
2009– Carolina RailHawks 20 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 October, 2009.
† Appearances (Goals).

John Gilkerson (born May 4, 1985 in Winchester, Virginia) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Carolina RailHawks in the USL First Division.




College and Amateur

Gilkerson was a standout defender during his college career at Winthrop University. He was named to the All-Big South first team in his junior and senior years. In 2006, he was named to the NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region Team. In 2007 Gilkerson started in all of the Eagles’ 18 regular-season games, collecting one goal and two assists while leading a defense that conceded only 13 goals all season. Gilkerson, who has also played for the Virginia Beach Submariners and Hampton Roads Piranhas (Premier Development League), helped guide a Winthrop defense that earned a 0.73 goals-against average in 2006, good for 16th in the nation.


Following his senior season he was drafted by Red Bull New York with the 35th pick in the 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft. After spending part of 2008 out on loan at Richmond Kickers of the USL Second Division, Gilkerson made his full professional debut for the Red Bulls on 1 July, 2008, in a US Open Cup third round game against Crystal Palace Baltimore.[1]

In January 2009, he signed with the Carolina RailHawks in the USL First Division.[2]


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