Wednesday, April 9, 2014

2014 NASL: Fort Lauderdale Strikers Preview, Depth Chart & Key Players

2013: 7-5-14 (7th Spring Season/5th Fall Season)

Head Coach: Gunter Kronsteiner

Key Returners: Mark Anderson M (12gp 2g 1a), Ivan Guerrero D (22gp 0g 6a), Darnell King M (26gp 3g)    

Key Newcomers: Marius Ebbers (Germany), Oka Nikolav (Philadelphia MLS), Chris Nurse (22gp 3g - Edmonton), Shawn Chin (22gp 4g 2a - VSI Tampa)
Analysis: Austrian coach Gunter Kronsteiner joins the Strikers as their new coach after the club had struggled last season, although much of this could be attributed to the injury of Mark Anderson. A healthy Anderson returns with Guerrero and King and are joined by Ex-Eddie Chris Nurse and midfielder Shawn Chin, although the most interesting off-season moves are the signing of German Bundesliga veterans Marius Ebbers who scored over 75 goals in the top leagues in Germany, and keeper Oka Nikolav who played over 200 Bundesliga games for Eintracht Frankfurt. With five players in the starting 11 over 30 years of age it’s hard to imagine the Strikers will be fit enough to challenge for the league championship, however their experience may surprise teams on a good day.

2014 Prediction: 8th Place

Key Players

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