|#18 Yoximar Granado|
2012: On March 2, 2012, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers announced that 19 year-old winger Yoximar Granado would be returning to the club for the 2012 season.
Granado made his first appearance of the season in the 2-0 loss to the Puerto Rico Islanders on May 12. He started the match at right back and played the entire 90 minutes.
2011: Following an unsuccessful trial with the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer, Yoximar Granado signed his first professional contract with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on April 14, 2011. The very next day Granado made his professional debut with the club, replacing Mike Palacio in the 58th minute of the Strikers 1-1 draw against to the NSC Minnesota Stars at Lockhart Stadium. The speedy winger scored his first professional goal with the club in the next home meeting with the Stars, a 3-0 victory on June 11, blasting the ball into the roof of the net from an acute angle.
Yoximar featured mostly from the bench in 2011, starting just five of his 19 appearances. He scored one goal, and added one assist.
Youth: Granado is a product of Club Deportivo Escuela de Futbol Carlos Sarmiento Lora, in Colombia. Colombian internationals Mario Yepes and Faryd Mondragón trained at the school during their younger years.