The Fort Lauderdale Strikers have announced the signing of forward Mark Ebanks for the remainder of the season. Ebanks joins the Strikers from Elite SC in the Cayman Islands. The 22 year old, Cayman Island native will be evaluated by the team for future considerations within the Strikers and other teams owned by Traffic Sports, including Desportivo Brazil. Ebanks is the first player from the Cayman Islands to sign with an NASL club.
“On behalf of CONCACAF and as a fellow Caymanian, I congratulate Mark Ebanks on achieving this great opportunity’ said CONCACAF President and Cayman Islands Football Association President,Jeffrey Webb. “This is a reminder that opportunities are out there in professional football for talented young players from across the Caribbean if they show the hard work and determination that this game demands”
“I’m excited about the opportunity,” said Ebanks. “I’m looking forward to proving myself and hopefully get a contract with the club and help the team next year.”
Ebanks played for the Cayman Island National team in 2011 during their World Cup qualifying matches and netted two goals in the competition, one each against El Salvador and Dominican Republic. In 2010 he went overseas, playing for Ashford Town (Middlesex) F.C. in England, members of Division One Central of the Southern League
“Mark is a very fast, young player, with a lot of potential” said Strikers head coach Günter Kronsteiner. “We look forward to taking a more thorough look at him and evaluating him for the future.”
The Strikers will take on Minnesota United FC on Saturday October 26 at 7PM. The team then will close out the 2013 Fall Season at home when they take on FC Edmonton during Fan Appreciation Night.