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By ESPN Staff
Mar 30, 2006

Romario signs on loan for Miami club

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Former Brazil striker Romario will join United States club Miami FC for a six-month loan, his present club Vasco da Gama said on Thursday.

The 40-year-old striker, who claims to have scored 964 goals, stood with his arms folded and refused to comment as Vasco president Eurico Miranda made the announcement during a media conference.

"Romario will return to the club after this period to take part in the Brazilian championship and, after that, we will discuss whether he will end his career or keep playing," said the cigar-smoking Miranda.

Romario, top scorer in last year's Brazilian championship with 22 goals, had failed to turn up for training with Vasco during the previous two weeks.

Before that, he had bitterly criticized his team mates in a 2-0 defeat by Cabofriense and said they had made "schoolboy errors".

Miami FC are not involved in the MLS, the main U.S. soccer championship, taking part instead in the less prestigious United Soccer Leagues (USL).

The move could help Romario, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 1994 and also played for PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona and Valencia, to achieve his target of scoring 1,000 goals.

Brazilian media have widely questioned the total of 964, saying it includes youth team matches, reserve team matches and training sessions billed as friendlies.

Miami FC are due to play 28 games during the regular USL season, giving Romario an excellent chance to boost his total.

"When Romario scores 35 goals, he must stop," said Miranda. "I'm sure that Romario's 1,000th goal will be scored wearing a Vasco shirt here at Sao Januario."