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Rowdies add another midfielder in Victor ‘P.C.’ Giro

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies, it seems, are never quite finished with their roster.

The Rowdies have acquired midfielder Victor Giro from the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, adding to their impressive group of midfielders. His contract runs through the season with an option for 2017.

Giro, 22 and known exclusively as “PC,” had been with the Strikers since the start of the 2015 season. He originally joined the Strikers on loan from Brazilian powerhouse Corinthians.

“PC is a fantastic addition to our squad,” Rowdies Head Coach Stuart Campbell said. “He’s a young, exciting player with loads of skill and energy. He’s quick, he’s got great touch on the ball and he’s a hard worker. PC has a great pedigree, he knows the NASL well and I’m excited to get him here to Tampa Bay to make our team even stronger.”

A multi-talented and versatile player, PC has suited up just about everywhere for Fort Lauderdale in his 46 total games for the Strikers. Naturally left-footed, PC has played up and down the left side of the field as a defender, midfielder and winger, in addition to an occasional role as a central attacking midfielder.

“I am very happy to wear Tampa Bay’s jersey,” said PC. “I hope I can help the team reach the playoffs. I am anxious to play and give my best to my new club and this new challenge in my life.”

PC played 13 NASL games this season for Fort Lauderdale, mostly as a left back, even serving as Fort Lauderdale’s captain on a few occasions. He scored a 120th minute game-winner for the Strikers in their landmark defeat of Orlando City SC in the Fifth Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on June 29.

He will wear the No. 94 jersey for the Rowdies, honoring the year in which he was born.

The Rowdies host the Fort Lauderdale Strikers this Saturday, August 6 at Al Lang Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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