Alexandre joins fellow Caribbean teammate Julius James
Fort Lauderdale Strikers add one more Caribbean national to their ranks, as Haiti’s national soccer team midfielder, Jean Alexandre, has signed on with the team.
Alexandre, 29, brings a vast amount of domestic and international experience to Fort Lauderdale. For Haiti, the defensive midfielder has accumulated more than two dozen caps and participated in three CONCACAF Gold Cups. The Haitian-born midfielder also has strong roots in South Florida, having attended Atlantic Community High School in Delray Beach and Lynn University in Boca Raton.
“The addition of Alexandre gives us a number of options in midfield,” said Head Coach and General Manager Caio Zanardi. “He is a strong player; comfortable shielding the defense or playing higher up the field, with great experience in the U.S. and at the international level. We expect him to make a big contribution to our team are excited to have another player with local ties and international pedigree on our roster.”
In 2008, Alexandre represented his country of birth for the first time in a friendly match against Honduras. A mainstay of the national team, Alexandre was captain of Haiti at the 2013 Gold Cup.
Major League Soccer (MLS) side Real Salt Lake selected Alexandre in the first round of the 2009 MLS Superdraft. Alexandre was a member of the Salt Lake side that captured MLS Cup in 2009 and reached the finals of the CONCACAF Champions League in 2011.
Real Salt Lake recognized Alexandre as the club’s Humanitarian of the Year in 2010 for his charitable work of the field in Haiti.
Alexandre was traded to San Jose Earthquakes in 2012 and also spent time with Orlando City, playing a major part of the club’s 2013 USL Championship-winning campaign. He joined Malaysia Premier League side Negeri Sembilan FA in 2014.
He joins recent addition to the squad, Trinidadian Julius James.