Introducing opponents: Fort Lauderdale Strikers
On January 26 at 19:00 (02:00 on 27 January, Ukrainian time) Shakhtar will hold another friendly game in the United States. The Pitmen will face the American side Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
This club represent the town from the east coast of southern Florida. Fort Lauderdale Strikers were founded in 2006 and play in the North American Soccer League. In 2011 and 2014, the team became finalists, and in the last season they were stopped in the semi-finals of the knockout stage, losing to future champions New York Cosmos.
A year ago, the legendary Brazilian footballer Ronaldo became a co-owner of Fort Lauderdale Strikers, which is one of the main factors that promote the club. Former Brazil striker immediately announced ambitious plans and a desire to invite stars to the team.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers play home games at the Lockhart Stadium, which holds about 17,400 seats.
The head coach is Cayo Zanardi, former coach of Brazil's youth teams. The team also feature experienced 36-year-old midfielder Kleberson. The 2002 World Cup champion joined Fort Lauderdale Strikers in January this year.