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Strikers Add Two More to Roster

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The Fort Lauderdale Strikers today announced the addition of two players to the 2014 roster, with defender Darryl Gordon and midfielder Colin Murphy inking contracts with the club. As per club policy, the terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Local talent Gordon, 25, signs with the Strikers after spending a year abroad in Austria with Wiener Viktoria. Gordon played at Nova Southeastern University between 2007 and 2010, scoring 11 goals in 73 appearances for the Sharks.

“Darryl is a strong, fast defender,” said Strikers Head Coach Günter Kronsteiner. “He is a very hard worker and is capable of playing multiple defensive positions.”

New Zealand youth international Murphy, 23, signed with the Strikers after a season with New Zealand’s Team Wellington. He scored two goals in 17 starts to help his side to a second-place finish in New Zealand ASB Premiership in the 2013/14 season.

“Colin is a young player who shows a lot of maturity for someone his age,” said coach Kronsteiner. “His experience in New Zealand has made him more than ready for the challenges of our league.”

Murphy played four years of college soccer in the States with Boston College between 2009 and 2012. He made 77 starts in 82 appearances for the Eagles, tallying 3 goals and 10 assists.

Murphy has accumulated a wealth of international experience. He represented New Zealand in two youth World Cups: the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup in South Korea and the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia. Murphy won the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Under-20 Championship with New Zealand in 2011.

Current roster:
Goalkeepers (2) – Oka Nikolov, Lionel Brown
Defenders (7) – Stefan Antonijevic, Matt Hall, Ivan Guerrero, Justin Chavez, Stephane Guillaume, Rafael Alves, Darryl Gordon
Midfielders (12) – Mitchell Lopez, Chris Nurse, Gonzalo De Mujica, Pecka, Martin Nuñez, Fafa Picault, Carlos Salazar, Shawn Chin, Mark Anderson, Darnell King, Manny Gonzalez, Colin Murphy
Forwards (3) – Aly Alberto Hassan, Marius Ebbers, Yaikel Perez

For the latest information on player signings during the offseason, stay tuned to Strikers.com. Remember to like us on Facebook.com/FTLStrikers and follow the Strikers on Twitter and Instagram @FTLStrikers. Strikers season tickets for the 2014 campaign are on sale by calling 954-606-0400 or at www.strikers.com.

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