Julius James signs with Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Trinidad and Tobago defender Julius James has signed with Fort Lauderdale Strikers after  impressing during their Florida Cup matches, defender Julius James has signed with the team for this season.

The 31-year-old James, also a member of Trinidad and Tobago’s national team, played center back for the the full 90 minutes in Florida Cup matches against FC Schalke 04  and Independiente Santa Fe.

He also appeared in recent friendlies against Corinthians and FC Shakhtar Donetsk.

“We are delighted to sign an experienced defender like Julius,” Strikers coach and general manager Caio Zanardi said in a statement. “He has made tremendous progress to overcome injury and is an example for many of the younger guys in the locker room.”

In 2014, James played for a San Antonio Scorpions defense that set a modern NASL record for fewest goals allowed (24 in the regular season).

After starring at the University of Connecticut, James and was selected ninth overall by Toronto FC in the 2008 Major League Soccer draft. He’s also played for the Houston Dynamo, D.C. United and Columbus Crew of the MLS.

James holds a U.S. green card and does not count against the Strikers’ foreign player limit.

Photo shows James at right, courtesy Rhona Wise (AFP/Getty Images)