Goalkeeper Lionel Brown re-signs with Strikers
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The Strikers announced today that goalkeeper Lionel Brown has re-signed with the club for the 2014 North American Soccer League (NASL) season. As per club policy, the terms of the deals were not disclosed.
"We are happy to have Lionel back with the team,” said Strikers Head Coach Günter Kronsteiner. “Lionel is a wonderful team player and a solid goalkeeper that helps us add depth to the position.”
Brown, 26, returns for a third season with his hometown club. The Miramar native signed his first professional contract with the Strikers in 2012 as the club’s third-string goalkeeper.
Brown had to wait until the end of the 2013 Spring season to make his professional debut. He started in goal in the 4-1 defeat to San Antonio Scorpions on June 29 at Lockhart.
Injuries to the Strikers’ other goalkeepers Matt Glaeser and Cody Laurendi made Brown the de facto backup to Mexican youth international goalkeeper Richard Sanchez—on loan from MLS side FC Dallas—during the 2013 Fall season.
Prior to turning professional with the Strikers, Brown played college soccer at East Central College and later the University of Connecticut. He attended Coconut Creek High School.
Lionel is the 15th player from the 2013 roster to re-sign for the upcoming year. The Strikers have also signed German Bundesliga veteran goalkeeper Oka Nikolov and Miami-native Shawn Chin.
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The Strikers season kicks off April 12th against Ottawa Fury FC at Lockhart Stadium. Season tickets for the 2014 campaign are on sale by calling 954-606-0400 or at www.strikers.com.