The continuation of Miami FC in USL and in Southern Florida has brought on some new excitement to a Soccer town full of fans with lack of interest for Soccer that is not from their own countries.
Most people have heard of the Miami Ultras, Miami FC's official support group. But, out of the shadows of the failed MLS Miami Barcelona bid comes a group of young soccer fans that want to make a difference.
I spoke to Sean Gibb president of the new group who was brought up to love Soccer by his father. Sean is a fan of Deportivo Cali, a Colombian soccer team. Sean try's play Soccer whenever he can with friends.
I asked Sean a few questions:
Uncle Ed: What is the groups name?
Sean Gibb: "The groups name is Southern Legion (Legion del Sur in Spanish)."
UE: How did the idea get started?
SG: A friend, Luis Rodriguez, and I came up with the idea of starting a hardcore fanatics supporters group, like the one's you would see in Colombia. So we created the Facebook page to start getting some members.
UE: What is your target crowd and how many members are in your group so far?
SG: We are trying to target the younger crowd, to bring some energy to the stadium. Anyone is welcome to join, but we are mostly targeting the Hispanics of Miami. We currently have over 90 members in our Facebook group.
UE: Have you had any contact with Miami FC?
SG: We have not had any contact with Miami FC yet since we are only about 1-2 months old.
UE: Have you thought of being part of the Ultras?
SG: We have been in contact with the Ultras and look forward to working with them in the future. But in regards to being part of the Ultras, I don't think that would happen since we are trying to create a different type of group with a different vibe. Plus, maybe a little friendly competition between groups will help bring more people to the stands! hahaha. Although they do have a slight advantage since they have been around for a while.
UE: I want to thank Sean for his time and wish him the best of luck.
If you would like to be part of this group contact the Southern Legion on Facebook
or email: Southern_Legion@hotmail.com