Brazilian World Cup winner to join Fort Lauderdale Strikers

KartikReport_FTL (1)Sources indicate the Fort Lauderdale Strikers will formally announce the signing 2002 World Cup winner Kléberson tomorrow. The signing which has been rumored for over a month now will be announced on the day the Strikers begin training for the January 10th Florida Cup match versus FC Schalke 04 in Orlando. Kléberson last played for Brazil’s National Team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Fort Lauderdale has a full squad of players it can field for The Florida Cup, and now has players on full-year contrast. General Manager and Head Coach Caio Zanardi has made an effort to professionalize the scouting and technical department of the Strikers and that has yielded a full squad being assembled three months before the NASL season is expected to kickoff.

The Strikers will be well-drilled for the NASL season as the club has three high-level January matches against first division professional teams from Germany and Brazil before likely embarking on an overseas tour in February. It is expected that the NASL season kicks off in April, though the second division league has several question marks hanging over it as it enters a sixth season of independent play.

The NASL schedule for the spring has yet to be released. Miami and Oklahoma City, both clubs with significant  foreign ownership stakes join the league for the Spring Season, but uncertainty surrounds the futures of San Antonio, the 2012 Regular Season and 2014 Soccer Bowl Champions as well as Atlanta the 2013 Spring Season Champions. Questions also continue to persist the league about its business relationship with Traffic Sports, a company that has plead guilty to bribery in the ongoing DOJ probe into corruption in the global game.

Fort Lauderdale also inked in recent days playmaker Adrianinho, a longtime veteran of the Brazilian league.

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