Romario happy to join Miami club

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:39 IST

Romario is one of the greatest goal scorers in soccer history. Miami FC is an expansion team in the second division of US soccer.

Romario happy to join Miami club

Miami:

Brazilian star Romario is one of the greatest goal scorers in soccer history while Miami FC is an expansion team in the second division of US soccer.Romario says the two are perfect for one another."I don't worry about what other people think," said the Brazilian star. "I am happy with my decision."Miami FC, which will begin play in the 12-team United Soccer League first division on April 23, formally introduced Brazil's 1994 World Cup hero to South Florida on Friday. The 40-year-old Romario will be in the line-up when Miami opens its season against the Montreal Impact.The USL is the second-highest level of professional soccer in the US behind Major League Soccer."This is going to be the last opportunity of my career to play for a team outside my country," Romario said during a news conference at Tropical Park, where Miami will play its home matches.Eyeing milestoneFor a player of Romario's stature, the shift to a league composed primarily of undeveloped players after he graced the fields of Brazil, Spain and the Netherlands, seems peculiar at this stage of his career.Yet Romario is content with the move, even after leading the Brazilian national championship with 22 goals last season. And so are Brazil's fans, according to Miami FC President Julio Mariz, who negotiated with Romario for several weeks before reaching a deal late last week."The people came to the conclusion that it would be an important change for him," Mariz said.Romario reportedly has 964 career goals, and there is speculation that he'll return to the Brazilian club Vasco da Gama if he nears the 1,000-goal milestone this season."Today I have nothing else with Vasco, my contract is with Miami," Romario said. "I come here with two purposes - to help the team win and to be a goal scorer." (AP)



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