Strikers Midfielder Victor “PC” Giro Named NASL Player of the Week
In the first Coastal Cup match of the 2015 season, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers knocked off league newcomer Jacksonville Armada FC, 2-1, at Lockhart Stadium. Playing a prominent role in the Strikers’ victory on Saturday night was Brazilian midfielder Victor “PC” Giro, who was named North American Soccer League (NASL) Player of the Week on Monday.
PC, as he prefers to be called, was involved in both of the Strikers’ goals this past weekend. Late in the first half, while attempting to receive the ball inside the penalty area, PC drew a foul that led to a spot kick from fellow Brazilian Léo Moura. After the Armada FC equalized early in the second half, PC rifled a left-footed shot past visiting goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo to give the Strikers a one-goal lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.
“It’s a great honor to receive this award,” PC said through a translator. “I’m very happy about scoring the winning goal, but more importantly, we got the win and the three points in front of our home fans.”
Joining the Strikers on loan from Brazilian giants Corinthians prior to the season, PC has impressed in his first two matches in Fort Lauderdale. The Brazilian youth international put in a solid shift in Week 1 against the New York Cosmos, nearly finding the net on a few occasions. The Sao Paulo native previously served as the captain for Corinthians’ U-17 and U-20 sides.
“PC had a fantastic match and scored an incredible goal against Jacksonville, and we’re really happy that he has earned this honor,” said Strikers General Manager Amaury Nunes. “He is a very promising young player and we expect him to keep growing and adjusting with the team as the season goes on.”
After kicking the season off with two consecutive home matches, the Strikers travel north of the border to face FC Edmonton on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET. The match can be seen live on ESPN3 (in the U.S.) and City TV Edmonton (in Canada).