Strikers Set To Anounce Brazilian Duo as Early as Tomorrow


The Fort Lauderdale Strikers continue to turn heads this offseason.

According to league sources, the club is set to announce the signing of former World Cup Champion, Kleberson, as early as tomorrow.

The contract, per a source, will be a two-year deal in which the former Manchester United midfielder will be unveiled alongside Adrianinho, the former Ponte Preta attacking midfielder.

Kléberson made his first international appearance for Brazil in a friendly match against Bolivia on 31 January 2002, where he also scored his first goal for The Seleção by scoring Brazil’s fourth goal in the 6–0 win.

The Uraí native was also an important part of the World Cup championship team as he set up one of the two Brazilian goals, en route to Brazil’s record-setting fifth World Cup Championship.

The 2002 World Cup Champion first came to the United States in the 2013 trade which saw the Philadelphia Union unload Freddy Adu to Bahia. The 36-year-old appeared 11 times for the Union, scoring one goal during the season.

There was many speculation of who the Strikers were going to bring in when news broke the club was looking at a 2002 World Cup champion. Ronaldinho and Lucio were the main names being spoken of, but ultimately Kleberson was the better fit, especially with his NASL experience.

Kleberson signed with NASL-side Indy Eleven in 2014 and has since appeared in 21 games while scoring eight goals for the club from Indiana.

Kleberson will join a Strikers roster that has been bolstered tremendously this offseason with the additions of NASL veterans like Neil Hlavaty, Gale Agbossoumonde, Nana Attakora, Maicon Santos, Victor Pineda, Geison Moura and Giuseppe Gentile. As well as internationals such as Peru national team defender Aurelio Saco Vértiz, Colombian defender Luis Zapata.

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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