MetroStars Sign Gilberto Flores
The MetroStars announced today
that they acquired Brazilian midfielder Gilberto Flores (pronounced: JILL-bear-toe)
as a developmental player from Ginasio Pinhalense de Esportes Atlético
just prior to the FIFA-imposed transfer window deadline last night. Flores
becomes the team's fourth transitional international, joining Bolivian
Joselito Vaca, Jamaican Fabian Taylor and Trinidadian Cornell Glen. He
will join the "Red and Black" next week.
"We enjoyed having Gilberto with us in Spain," said MetroStars
Head Coach Bob Bradley. "He is a hard working young midfielder, who
we are looking to working with and continuing in his development."
The 20-year-old Flores participated in preseason with the MetroStars
in La Manga, Murcia, Spain at the 2004 La Manga Cup helping the Metros
win the tournament. The 5'9", 160-pound midfielder played in three
games at the tournament, logging 83 minutes. Flores also started and played
the entire game for the Metros in a 0-0 tie with Real Murcia of the Spanish
Primera Division at La Manga Club Resort.
"We are very happy to be signing a talented, young player like Gilberto,"
said MetroStars President and General Manager Nick Sakiewicz. "This
is the beginning of a relationship with their club and organizers down
there, that will allow us to look at players in the future."
The native of Toledo, Brazil has played for Ginasio Pinhalense de Esportes
Atlético (2003-2004), Desportiva FC (2003), Ituano FC (2002), Sao
Paulo FC (2002), and Toledo FC (1998-2001) in Brazil.
TRANSACTION: MetroStars Acquire M Gilberto Flores as a Developmental
Player and Transitional International.