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Five Hottest Players on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers Soccer Team; Season Starts Saturday

I'll say it: Soccer is the sport with the hottest athletes. (Is my U.S. citizenship revoked yet?)

It's true. They're fit without looking like a bank vault. They don't chew tobacco. They don't chase people with chainsaws. Maybe it's all that quality time with mom in the minivan instead of some sadistic basketball coach, but they're not -- seemingly for the most part -- macho jerks, either. And, according to Wired, they're probably smarter than the rest of us.

So everybody -- straight ladies, gay guys who want to leave the Wilton Manors buff-body zone, and straight men, because no one is going to see the Marlins this year -- should pack up the cooler of mojitos for a tailgate at Lockhart Stadium, where the Fort Lauderdale Strikers professional soccer team kicks off its season Saturday.

Before you go, you might want to acquaint yourself with the team. We've picked out five smokin' hotties, in no particular order:

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