23-year-old bolsters Strikers attack following spell with AS Monaco

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers continue to add to its 2016 roster, this time with the addition of 23-year old forward Matheus Carvalho, who most recently was playing for AS Monaco in Ligue 1, of the French first division.

“We want to attract top prospects to the club, and Matheus Carvalho brings top quality experience from European football,” said Head Coach and General Manager Caio Zanardi. “Matheus is a modern forward: fast, versatile, dangerous in the box. He adds further attacking flair to the roster, and knows how to score goals.”

A former youth international, Matheus scored the goal that gave Brazil the South American Under-15 Football Championship.

Last season, Matheus made eight league appearances for Monaco after joining the club on loan during the winter transfer window. Playing in the attack alongside the likes of current and former Premier League stars Anthony Martial and Dimitar Berbatov, Matheus scored one league goal for Monaco, notching the second tally in a 3-0 win over S.C. Bastia in March.

Matheus helped Monaco achieve a third-place finish in the 2014-15 campaign, earning qualification to the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

“The class of players the new Strikers regime has been able to attract is becoming even more evident with recent signings,” said Managing Director Luis Cuccatti. “The technical staff has done tremendous work to secure the signature of Matheus and we are confident he will be a real asset to the club.”

Despite his youth, Matheus has already enjoyed winning the Série A with Fluminense in 2010 and 2012. He has also been Campeonato Carioca champion in 2012 as well as the Copa Catarina in 2013.

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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