The Fort Lauderdale Strikers have signed Brazilian-born midfielder Rubens Pinheiro for the 2013 season. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Rubens is a player we're excited to add to our group," said head coach Daryl Shore. "We expect him to come in and compete for minutes right away as well as add depth to our roster."
Pinheiro, 23, has played professionally in Brazil, most recently with Mato Grosso do Sul in 2011, playing 20 games with the team in the Brazilian state sharing a border with both Paraguay and Bolivia. Pinheiro also had stints with Gremio Osasco and Red Bull Brasil.
As a youth player, he spent three years in the Corinthians academy from 2004 to 2006, as well as Banespa in 2007. He will wear the number 25 for the Strikers this season.
The Strikers wrap up the 2013 preseason against Florida Atlantic University on Saturday, March 23, at 7pm. Fort Lauderdale opens the 2013 NASL Spring season at historic Lockhart Stadium on Saturday, April 6, against FC Edmonton.
Weight: 172 lbs
DOB: October 12, 1989
Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Previous club: Mato Grosso do Sul