NASL’s Fort Lauderdale Strikers will host Brazilian side Cruzeiro Esporte Clube in a friendly set for this Sunday, June 23, at 7:30 pm at Lockhart Stadium.
The match comes just before the Strikers’ final home encounter of the NASL Spring Season (June 29th vs. San Antonio Scorpions), while Cruzeiro is currently fifth in the 2013 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A campaign.
"We are very happy with the level of fan excitement we have seen grow for this game and for our team," said Strikers’ President Tom Mulroy. "Between the growing Strikers fan base and the local Cruzeiro fans we expect a great atmosphere at the stadium.”
Founded in 1921, the two-time league champion Cruzeiro is currently one of only five teams to never have been relegated from Brazil’s top division. They are also the only Brazilian team to have won the domestic triple crown or treble, for winning the ‘Campeonato Brasileiro Série A’, ‘Copa do Brasil,’ and the ‘Campeonato Mineiro’ in the same year (2003).
“For us, it’s a great experience to play against a world-renowned club like Cruzeiro and for our Brazilian players to play against guys who they watched growing up,” said Strikers coach Daryl Shore. “For our young players it’s a chance to see what a true professional club from Brazil is about.
"Any chance you get to play an international friendly is always special and lets us show not only our talent, but our league’s talent and prove the NASL is a league to be reckoned with.”
Cruzeiro is also the first Brazilian club to face an NASL Strikers Team at Lockhart Stadium since May 25, 1983 when Esporte Clube XV de Novembro (commonly known as Jau XV) lost a 3-1 decision to the host behind a two-goal performance from former Peruvian World Cup Legend Teofilo Cubillas.
For information on the Fort Lauderdale-Cruzeiro friendly please visit: www.strikers.com.
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