OWTY has learned that Fort Lauderdale Strikers have bolstered their squad with the addition of Brazilian-American midfielder Luis Felipe “Lipe” Fernandes.
OWTY was introduced to Fernandes in early 2014.
Fernandes, a ’96, was a key piece in the Cruziero Youth Academy for the previous four seasons, helping lead the squad to a number of international titles during his time at the club.
He was called in by Tab Ramos on few occasions for the 2014-2015 U.S. Under-20 World Cup cycle, including the competitive 2014.
Ft. Lauderdale has been very active this off-season acquiring another former U.S. U20 midfielder in Victor Pineda as well as Brazilian attacking midfielder Adrianinho. Fernandes will likely battle for minutes as box-to-box midfielder.
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