The Strikers announced today the signing of twenty-year old David Santamaria for the 2011 season. Per team policy, the terms and conditions of the deal have not been disclosed.
“David impressed us during last year’s Traffic combine and we’re glad we could come to an agreement that provides a way for everyone to achieve their goals. We’re confident he’ll develop well and become an important part of the Strikers in the near future,” states Fernando Clavijo, Director of Soccer at Traffic Sports USA, owner of the Strikers.
The forward first caught the attention of the Strikers scouts when he participated in the exclusive Traffic Sports combine held at Fort Lauderdale Stadium in late October. From there, he was offered a trip to Traffic Sports’ soccer academy in Brazil, where he excelled after a two-week tryout. He is expected to make a significant impact for the upcoming season.
The Colombian-American forward played at Miami FC’s youth academy and quickly became a star for Miami Sunset Senior High School. Soon after, he was offered a scholarship to Jacksonville University where he played one season.
“I’m really happy to be a part of the Strikers family and I am appreciative of the opportunity this organization has given me,” states Santamaria. “It is truly a blessing and I will work my hardest to bring a championship to South Florida.”
The Strikers announced today that it will be hosting its sixth annual open tryouts for aspiring soccer players over a two-day span from January 22th to the 23rd at Fort Lauderdale Stadium, home of South Florida¹s only men’s professional soccer team.
“We are always looking for talent and South Florida is one of the best places to do that,” said Traffic Sports Executive Director of Soccer Fernando Clavijo. “Every year we find at least one player who has been able to earn a spot on the team. This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to play at the professional level.”
Soccer players from around the world will have an opportunity to make the Strikers’ roster and join one of the youngest professional soccer leagues in the country. The cost to try out is $99 per player. Tryouts will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m.
Last year’s tryouts were a success as more than 150 skilled athletes were present to showcase their football skills to Miami FC and Traffic Sports scouts. Since the club’s birth in 2006, Miami FC has signed over a dozen players that participated in its tryouts, including J.P. Rodrigues, Stephane Guillaume, and Zurab Tsiskaridze.
The Strikers are not providing transportation to the combine or equipment. If you are traveling from outside South Florida you must also arrange your own accommodations.
You must come prepared for the tryouts with your own cleats, socks, gloves, shin guards or any other equipment related to your position.
Due to the limited enrollment of the event, once a player pays and is accepted into the tryouts, there are NO REFUNDS. There are no exceptions. We hold the right to refuse and/or decline any player we feel will not benefit from the tryouts.
To register click on the link below