FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Strikers announced Wednesday the resigning of former Barry University standout, Mark Anderson, the club’s leading goal-scorer for 2012.
Anderson scored 13 goals in all and was recently named to the NASL’s Best XI Team in his first professional season after finishing off an illustrious four-year career with Barry University.
The 2011 Division II National Player of the Year played in 25 matches for the Strikers, including 19 starts.
“We are very excited to have re-signed Mark,” said Strikers head coach Daryl Shore. “He was a big part of our team in his rookie season and we are very happy to have him back with the red and yellow for 2013. Being able to keep a solid core group of guys together as we move forward is important and Mark is a big part of this group.”
The midfielder for Durham, England will be under contract through the 2013 season with club option for 2014 and 2015.
Anderson was second on the Strikers in appearances among field players with 25, including being named a starter 19 times. He added three assists on the season as well.
“It’s been a long process, but it’s nice to finally come to an agreement,” said Anderson. “I’m looking forward to the future and hopefully winning a championship with the Strikers.”
In 2012, Anderson finished the season with 11 goals in NASL play, good for third in the league.
“You don’t want to stand still, and to know that the club has aspirations of moving forward was a big part of my decision,” said Anderson. “We signed some core players like Matt (Glaeser), Walter (Restrepo), and Pecka who are key to moving forward, so that was a major factor as well.”