2012: Costa Rican international Andy Herron became the first new signing of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers ahead of the 2012 NASL season. The 33 year-old returns to the United States, having previously played in the MLS, and reunites with Daryl Shore, his former coach at the Chicago Fire.
Herron made his first appearnace with the Strikers in the opening game of the season, scoring the only goal in the 1-0 victory against FC Edmonton. He was named NASL Offensive Player of the Week for the first week of the season, and again the third week following a two goal display against the San Antonio Scorpions.
Herron limped off the pitch after just fifteen minutes in a match against the Puerto Rico Islanders on April 25th. The club later announced that Herron suffered an MCL sprain and a partical meniscus tear and could be out for as long as 8-10 weeks.
On May 29, in an Open Cup match against the San Jose Earthquakes, Herron made his return from injury several weeks earlier than initially expected, replacing Polo Morales in the 76th minute.
Professional: Andy Herron brings 15 years of professional experience to the Strikers. He played with no fewer than eleven clubs during his professional career.
Herron started his career with his hometown side AD Limonense. He moved on to bigger Costa Rican teams, Santos de Guápiles and C.S. Herediano, before venturing to the United States to play with the Chicago Fire. In his last season with Herediano, Herron led the team with 14 goals and 13 assists.
With the Chicago Fire, Herron was one of Major League Soccer’s top scorers. He was an integral part of the Fire team that won the 2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and was tied for top goalscorer with four goals in the tournament. Herron’s time with Chicago was marked with controversy. After elbowing Jay Heaps in the face during a match against the New England Revolution, he was given a six game suspension without pay.
Herron briefly went back to Costa Rica on loan to Herediano from Chicago Fire. He then spent the 2007 season with the Columbus Crew, scoring four goals in 18 appearances. He re-signed with the Chicago Fire for the 2008 MLS season, but was let go by the club in November after a lackluster season.
He returned to Herediano for his third spell with the club, but left the club after one just one season. Herron spent the next few years bouncing around clubs in Central America before signing with the Strikers in 2012.
International: Herron is a full international, and has won several caps with the Costa Rica national team. He has represented La Sele at the 2004 Copa América, as well as the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.