Armstrong to play for Santos of Brazil
The U.S. Soccer Federation said yesterday that Desmond Armstrong of Columbia will become the first American to join a South American soccer team under a three-month loan to Santos of Brazil, Pele's former club.
Armstrong, a 26-year-old defender, played for the United States at the 1990 World Cup and the 1988 Olympics. He graduated from Howard High and was a three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference player at Maryland. He also played for the Cleveland Force and the Baltimore Blast of the Major Soccer League.
Armstrong, who last week signed to play this summer with the Maryland Bays of the American Professional Soccer League, is scheduled to travel to Brazil tomorrow.
"I'm excited, to say the least," Armstrong said. "Going to Pele's old team is a real thrill, and playing in Brazil will be the ultimate challenge for me. It has always been in my mind that the Brazilians play the best soccer. I always thought it would be great if I had the chance to go down there and see how I could do."
Berry was the Patriots' coach from 1984-89, compiling a 48-39 record. He began his coaching career with the Dallas Cowboys in 1968 and coached the Lions' receivers from 1973-5.
When he retired from the Baltimore Colts in 1967, Berry was the NFL's all-time leading receiver, with 631 receptions. He now ranks eighth on the list. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973. Berry played with the Colts for 13 years.
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