The Fort Lauderdale Strikers were defeated by historic Brazilian side Cruzeiro 4-0 in an international friendly, Sunday night at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Three first-half goals from Cruzeiro put the game beyond reach in front of a season-high 5,724 fans.
After a solid start from the Strikers, the breakthrough finally came from Cruzeiro. Luan opened the scoring in the 24th minute of the match. Substitute Mayke served up a ball on the right hand side that was headed in past Matt Glaeser in the Strikers’ goal.
Bruno Rodrigo doubled the lead for Cruzeiro heading home a corner kick before Anselmo Ramon put his side further ahead with a tidy finish after being slipped behind the defense by Everton Ribeiro.
Both sides made plenty of changes in the second half. All of the Cruzeiro players who were available saw action, while 20 members of the Strikers played.
Substitute keeper Lionel Brown impressed in his first match at Lockhart Stadium. The second-year professional made several keep saves to keep the second-half scoreline respectable. He was finally beaten in the 77th minute by Vinícius Araújo.
The match comes one week before the final home game of the Spring championship season for the Strikers against the San Antonio Scorpions on June 29. Cruzeiro will remain in the U.S. as they follow up their match against the Strikers by traveling to Chicago to face Monarcas Morelia from Mexico on June 28.
Full match recap to follow...
GOAL SUMMARY –
CRU- Luan (Mayke)- 24'
CRU- Bruno Rodrigo (Souza)- 35'
CRU- Anselmo Ramon (Everton Ribeiro)- 38'
CRU- Vinícius Araújo (Ricardo Goulart)- 77'
FORT LAUDERDALE STRIKERS – Matt Glaeser (Lionel Brown 46); Stéphane Guillaume, Justin Chavez (Shavar Thomas 46), Toni Ståhl (Stefan Antonijevic 46), Daniel Arcila; Rubens (Gonzalo De Mujica 67), Pecka (C) (Mike Dietze 89); Walter Restrepo (Jahbari Willis 82), Carlos Salazar (Hosman Ramos 59); Jemal Johnson (Darnell King 46); Aly Hassan (Manny Gonzalez 62)
CRUZEIRO – Fábio (C) (Rafael 79); Ceará (Mayke 16; Lucas Silva 74), Bruno Rodrigo (Léo 62), Dedé (Paulao 74), Egídio (Everton 74); Souza (Ricardo Goulart 74), Nilton (Leandro Guerreiro 62), Everton Ribeiro (Lucca 65), Diego Souza (Martinuccio 62); Luan, Anselmo Ramon (Vinícius Araújo 62)
BOOKING SUMMARY –
CRU- Nilton (caution)- 58'
FTL- Mike Dietze (caution)- 90'
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