- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 11, 2009

MIAMI (AP) - A pair of former Cuban national team players formally signed with Miami FC on Saturday, six months after they went missing before a World Cup qualifying match.

Pedro Faife and Reinier Alcantara have been working with the Miami club for several weeks, and their signings are still subject to approval by the United Soccer League and the United States Soccer Federation.

“Being in South Florida, it’s nice to have signed two Cuban players,” said Miami FC general manager Luiz Muzzi in a statement released Saturday night. “But more than anything they are two excellent players who are going to help fill some voids that we had in our roster.”

Faife and Alcantara left the Cuban team shortly before a World Cup qualifier in Washington in mid-October.

Alcantara made 18 appearances for the Cuban national squad, playing both forward and midfielder. Faife was a midfielder for Cuba.

“We’ll be representing Cuban people in Miami,” Faife said “This is our dream.”

Miami FC is one of 11 teams in the USL’s First Division, the first professional tier in the States behind Major League Soccer.

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