Miami Pro Soccer club signs DeLeon

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Miami News

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The Miami Pro Soccer club today announced the signing of Leroy DeLeon, a 24-year-old forward from Trinidad, who played last year with the Washington Darts of the North American Soccer League, the franchise that has since shifted to Miami.

The Miami franchise is expected to retain about half of the 14 Washington players currently under contract. The 5-foot-10, 150-pound DeLeon has been one of the NASL's top forwards during the past two seasons, during which he scored 24 goals and gained eight assists.

Miami coach Sal DeRosa says he considers DeLeon one of the finest ball-control forwards in the league and adds DeLeon has not yet reached his potential.

Washington agreed to transfer DeLeon to an English first-division club for $25,000 last winter, but the sale was cancelled because of British Immigration laws.

General manager Norm Sutherland, who also moved from the Darts, said the local team has placed a bid with the U.S. Olympic Committee for the U.S.-Guatemala Olympic qualifying game to be played in a U.S. city April 25. According to Sutherland, the committee said chances are "excellent" for bringing the game to Miami.