Carlos Salazar Resigns with Fort Lauderdale For Upcoming NASL Season

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By: Pedro Heizer

According to a source close to the organization, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers have re-signed midfielder Carlos Salazar for the upcoming NASL season.

Salazar was signed back in March after a successful preseason with the club, as he appeared in 17 games for the Red and Yellow, tallying four goals, and one assist. Three of the goals Salazar scored were from penalties.

The Colombian native finished the season on a high-note scoring in each of the last three matches.

On May 26, Salazar donned the captain’s armband, as he scored the lone goal of the match as he led the Strikers to a 1-0 win in Edmonton on the way to their first road victory of the season.

As the Strikers look to build momentum after a very good Fall Season, which saw them move from last place to 5th, Salazar will be a big part of those plans.

“Salazar’s emergence as a team leader and dominating presence in our midfield made him a high priority signing for 2014 and beyond,” said Strikers Managing Director Tim Robbie. “We’re pleased to have him coming back next year.”

Previously, Salazar has played professionally for club teams in Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Venezuela, Iran, Panama and now the United States. His experience includes matches in tournaments such as the Copa Libertadores and for the Colombian U23 national team. He has appeared in more than 250 professional matches, scoring 50 goals over that span.

“I’m very happy because I feel that in the Strikers I’ve found a family,” said Carlos Salazar. “I’m very grateful to the Strikers management and especially to the president for giving me an opportunity and having the trust in me to give me another year with the team.”

There is still many questions left unanswered for the Strikers; most notability, there is still no word on if the team will bring back head coach Gunther Kronsteiner, who took the team from dead last in the Spring Season to contenders in the Fall.

As we find news, we will report them to you.

Pedro Heizer

The founder, editor and publisher of 90 Minutes Stong, Pedro is credentialed member of U.S. Soccer, Orlando City Soccer Club, Fort Lauderdale Strikers and others, as well as a member of the North American Soccer Reporters.

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