“Marcelo has been in South Florida for the past 25 years, so he knows the soccer landscape and has helped develop some of the elite players in the region,” Soccer Director Andre Chaves said. “He brings a lot of experience to the position, and we are all very excited to have him here.”
Neveleff has held head coaching positions in Bolivia with Wilstermann and Aurora, leading the former to an appearance in the 2011 Copa Libertadores. He was the assistant coach for Miami FC in 2010.
“It is an honor to be named head coach of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers,” Neveleff said. “This is going to be a hard working team that will challenge for the NASL Championship. I’m really looking forward to working with my players and getting the season started.”
Neveleff has a proven track record of developing players. He holds the USSF National "A" and Youth Licenses and a degree in physical education and his résumé includes stints on the technical staffs of clubs across Florida and South America. Neveleff was recognized as U.S. Soccer Academy Coach of the Year in 2010-11 with Weston FC.
The appointment of Neveleff as head coach reinforces the Strikers commitment to building a team with strong ties to the area. Several Strikers players including current roster members Manny Gonzalez and Aly Alberto Hassan were coached by Neveleff during their youth. Neveleff also managed Hassan at Aurora in 2013 when the forward was on-loan from the Strikers.
The Strikers kick off the season at home against rivals New York Cosmos on Saturday, April 4 at Lockhart Stadium. Season tickets are currently on sale at www.Strikers.com.