|#7 Patrick Otte|
2012: In December 2011, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers announced that Otte, 20, had his option picked up, and would be returning to the team ahead of the new season. Otte switched shirts to his favored number 7 jersey during the offseason.
In the match against the Minnesota Stars on April 14, Otte made his long-awaited return from injury, replacing Polo Morales in the 73rd minute of the match. The appearance marked Otte's first competitive game with the Strikers in almost a year.
2011: Patrick Otte signed with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on March 30, 2011 following a recommendation from Strikers’ Assistant Coach Jim Rooney. 19 year-old Otte made his first professional appearance in the Strikers’ home opener against FC Edmonton on April 9th, coming on as a second half substitute in the 2-1 loss. On May 11 against the Carolina RailHawks, Otte scored his first goal as a professional, just eight minutes into his first professional start.
Unfortunately, after a promising start with the Strikers, Otte’s first professional season ended prematurely when he suffered an ACL injury in June. Otte finished the season having played just five games for the Strikers in 2011.
Amateur: At 13, Otte began playing for renowned IMG Soccer Academies in Bradenton, Florida. He impressed Middlesbrough scouts who signed 16-year-old Otte to an academy contract. After three years in England with Middlesbrough, Otte returned to the United States.
Personal: Otte was born in the Netherlands to Welsh parents, and grew up in California.
Otte's last name has been subject to much mispronunciation. The correct pronounciation is "otter," like the small mammal.