Following stints with a pair of teams in Iceland’s first division, Trinidad and Tobago striker Jonathan Ricardo Glenn signed with Jacksonville Armada FC, a move which he was excited to make.
“Jacksonville is pretty much my home now. It was always on my mind to play for the Armada and it’s great. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve.
Without question, Glenn has been well-traveled throughout his soccer career. Born in D’Abadie, Trinidad and Tobago, Glenn moved to the United States for college, where he attended Saint Leo University. The striker found immediate success, scoring 14 goals in 13 appearances, good enough for the third best goals per game average in Division II and earned Glenn the Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year award. In total, the forward was named to the All-SSC first team, was named the second team three times and netted 41 goals in 57 appearances, good for fourth in program history.
Following his time in college, Glenn moved on to the NPSL and Jacksonville United (now Jacksonville Armada U 23), spending two years with the club and leaving a big impression on Jacksonville United Head Coach Pat Cannon, now an assistant coach with the Armada’s first team.
“(Glenn) was a fantastic player and teammate during the time spent with us. He’s a perfect example of what we set forth to do with the NPSL team, help develop players to push on to the next level.”
Glenn is extremely thankful for his time in the NPSL and credits it as being the stepping stone to his professional career.
“It was a really good experience. It was a good opportunity for me because I was in between playing college and professional so it was good to play at a high level.”
Following his time with Jacksonville, Glenn signed a professional contract in the top division of Iceland, spending time with both Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja (ÍBV) and Breiðablik UBK, where he scored 25 goals in 55 appearances.
While Glenn boasts an impressive club resume, his proudest moments come from his time spent representing his home country, Trinidad and Tobago. After winning the NPSL Silver Boot two years in and a row, Glenn made six appearances with the Soca Warriors, highlighted by a goal in a friendly against Mexico, something which Glenn notes as the peak of his young career. Now with the Armada, Glenn wants to work his way back into the national team.
“For me now I’m trying to get back into the national team since it’s honestly been fantastic for me.”
In the immediate future however, Glenn is focused on helping out the Armada.
“We’ve gotten off to a really fast start so I want to maintain that. The goal for everyone is to win a championship, but for me, I want to help out the team any way I can and that’s by scoring goals.”
So far in 2017, Glenn has gotten off the ground in the goal scoring department, netting a goal in six appearances, but more importantly to Glenn, the team has succeeded, as the Armada currently sits in second place on the NASL table. With the wealth of experience Glenn brings to the squad, the Armada will continue to have a strong player leading the team from the front.