Miami Fans, wake up and smell the coffee, it's a fools paradise they’re just leading you down the primrose path... Who remembers that quote out of Ferris Beuller? Miami Soccer fans remind me of when Ben Stein’s character, the boring teacher, was taking roll in the classroom... Beuller? Beuller? --Silence---
One example of Miami's apathy is Fridays interview of MLS Commissioner Don Garber on the The New York Times Blog.
NYTB asked:"You had questions concerning the level of potential fan support in Miami. Does the success in Seattle and Toronto create unrealistic expectations about the interest new teams can realistically hope to receive?
Garber: "In this environment, to go into a new market that hadn’t really shown the same energy that we’re seeing in Vancouver and Portland, for example, wasn’t worth the risk. I think I got one e-mail from a fan after we announced we weren’t going forward in Miami. One e-mail! I’m not saying we won’t look at Miami at some point in the future, but when you have to narrow it down to two cities, you go with the ones you think will be most successful."
----One email folks----
Granted, most fans like me wrote their emails to Marcelo Claure and Barcelona since they are the ones that were going to give us the team but Garber basically called us out! We've been served Miami Fans!
So do me a favor and bombard Don Garber with emails and tell him how you feel about what they did to the Miami Fusion. Tell them how you feel about being teased with the whole Barcelona Miami drama.
What will it take to get this city back on the MLS Soccer map again?
Miami Ultra Eric Corey wrote a piece over at the Ultras site http://www.miamisoccerfan.com/Soccer/Home.html Called "All Miami needs is a few more Hooligans"
Here is an excerpt:
"Miami sports fans are a very fickle and an unpredictable crowd. One thing that will always get their attention is controversy in the news. In England approximately 35 years ago, English soccer was on the brink of closing multiple clubs due to low fan base and low-ticket sales. It took a rag tag group of true football fans to gain attention and awareness of this dilemma. They had unorthodox methods of accomplishing this goal regardless they did accomplish their goal even if it was not their intention." (Click here to read the rest)
We don't need to resort to Hooligan ways but we do need to show the support these other cities have shown. How can it be that The Copa Latina, a group of mercenaries and amateurs that play in Hialeah every year attracts thousands of fans? International Soccer matches attract thousands too. Yet our own Miami FC only averaged 2,000 a game? We need to change this folks!
This taken from the Ultra's Site:
Do you want to save Miami FC? Then write emails to MFC President Aaron Davidson and tell him how you feel. Aaron wants to hear from you, he wants to share these letters with his boss at Traffic headquarters. Everybody involved with Miami FC wants to save this team, but they need a loud voice from us. Email Aaron Davidson at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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