Monday, August 23, 2010

Season over for Miami FC? Time to work on the Strikers!

Things haven't gone well for Miami FC this season. A late start (As seems to be the norm for this club) was eclipsed by a few important signings such as former MLS players Christian Gomez, Abe Thompson, Chris Gbandi, Mike Randolph, just to name a few. The problem is that despite an interesting line up of players the Blues never seemed to find their groove. Perhaps it was the coaching? Maybe the late start of the preseason? What we do know is that Miami FC's current season is pretty much over. It's time to think about next season and get things ready NOW!

As most of us know Miami FC will become the Strikers next season and with that there is a responsibility to the legacy that is the Strikers name and it's history. A team that according to everyone's favorite soccer historian Robert Scorca, never failed to make the playoffs. With that in mind things need to be done right from the start.

Traffic Sports, Miami FC's owners will have to do their homework and not make mistakes as they have throughout their short history with Miami FC. Take this weekends game at Rochester, for more on the game go HERE. The Rhino's had a throw back game which saw the home team sport the old NASL Lancers KIT with Miami FC wearing a Strikers T-Shirt... because that's what it looked like, an ugly put together at the last moment, T-shirt. Just check out the picture taken from the Miami FC site.

Time to bring back the old Strikers look, not that T-shirt abomination we saw Saturday. Traffic also needs to bring out the Strikers brand during the few games that are left to get people ready to what is coming next season. Time to look at how they will advertise. They should go after a radio station, hell, go after a local TV station. In essence Traffic needs to go all out on this one. It's still going to be difficult to sell Division 2 soccer but there is still much passion and respect from those that remember NASL's Ft Lauderdale Strikers. Give us a good product from day one and people will be interested in this team.

Rumors have been going around that Traffic might be looking at taking the Strikers to MLS. It was even mentioned by Jeff Rusnack in the Sun Sentinel. If that is the case then it would be a good idea if Traffic announces those intentions. Why not? It would make many of those "Elitest Soccer snobs" who only support their teams from back home consider going to games to support a team that is bound for MLS. Look what it did for attendance at cities like Toronto who with the Lynx had low attendance, yet with Toronto FC things changed and look at attendance now. Same thing with the Sounders and MLS bound Portland.
With MLS's new 3 Designated player rule an MLS South Florida team could potentially be successful. If you think about it, what player would not want to come to Miami? A player like Ronaldinho alone could fill Lockhart. Give us 3 of that caliber and we might need a bigger stadium.

What it comes down to is that Traffic has the golden opportunity to make something happen with the new Strikers. Time to take the experiences learned with Miami FC and implement them to make this club a success. We can only hope that Traffic will learn from their mistakes and not give us another night with an ugly T-shirt and a hurried product.

***UPDATE 8/23/10 at 3:02 pm***

We learned that Miami FC had nothing to do with the Strikers jerseys worn in Rochester this weekend. It was, after all, a Rochester event organized by that organization.
So, for all those fans that screamed bloody murder, do not panic! Those were not the new jerseys.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Burrito attacked by Puppy haters!

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Miami FC 3 Tampa Bay 3 in Pictures

The Miami FC Blues tied with the Tampa Bay Rowdies this Saturday at Lockhart Stadium in Ft Lauderdale. It was a vibrant game which saw the lead change many times. The Coastal Cup was in dispute and was awarded to Tampa after they came out on top after 4 games defeating Miami once and equalizing the other 3 games. The Rowdies this way avenged their elimination from the Open Cup earlier this year at the hands of the Blues. Miami later was eliminated by MLS side Houston Dynamo.

Read more about the game at
For video highlights go HERE

All pictures by Robert Scorca.
Special thanks to Victor Palkaninec , be sure to check out his site for more pictures and comments about the game go HERE
Read Miami Ultra Juan Ruiz's "Tales from the Bleachers" as he tells you about occurences that take place in section 120, the tailgate and every place at Lockhart Stadium. Check it out at

Friday, August 13, 2010

Miami FC vs Tampa Bay Rowdies this Saturday at 7:30 pm

The Blues will face the Tampa Bay Rowdies at Lockhart Stadium this Saturday August 14 at 7:30 pm. The tailgate will start at about 5 pm for the more hardcore fans and will include live band A Beautiful Cage. Sponsors Powerade and Holy Mackerel Beer will be giving away free samples starting at 6 pm. Expect a good crowd!

Tampa fans always come in large groups and this time its for bragging rights as the Coastal Cup will be awarded to one of the teams after the end of the game. The Coastal Cup is a competition between Miami and Tampa determined by the team that wins the most out of the 4 game they will dispute this season. So far 2 of the three games were tied and Tampa won the last game 2-0 up in Tampa. This means Tampa has an advantage and Miami needs to win by at least 3 goals to take the trophy home.

2010 Charity Kickball Classic

Miami FC is proud to announce the formation a Charity Kickball Tournament in an effort to bring local charities together in a fun and exciting way. The tournament will take place on Sept. 11 at Ft. Lauderdale Stadium, the team’s training facility located next to Lockhart Stadium. The event will feature 12 local charities facing off against each other in a one-day tournament.
For more information and details please visit

As most of you know Miami has signed 4 new players. You can read more about them HERE
Here is an interview by Kartik Krishnaiyer to Miami FC's Aaron Hohlbein
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Come out this Saturday and support your Miami FC Blues!
Vamos Miami!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Miami FC sign two players from MLS Chivas USA

Miami FC have signed midfielder Gerson Mayén and forward Chukwudi Chijindu from Chivas USA. The players will join Miami FC on loan.

Read more about this at the Chivas USA website

Gerson Mayen born February 9, 1989 in Los Angeles, California is of Salvadoran descent. Mayen was signed to a full professional contract by Chivas USA on March 27, 2008 after training with the club throughout preseason. He did not make an appearance with the first team in his rookie season, but made 12 appearances in the MLS Reserve Division, playing primarily as a defender and defensive midfielder. He made his professional debut on 29 March 2009, in Chivas's game against FC Dallas.

Chukwudi Chijindu was born February 20, 1986 in Upland, California is an American soccer who played as a forward with Chivas USA. Chijindu was signed to a developmental contract by Chivas USA on April 5, 2009 after training with the club throughout preseason. He made his professional debut on 11 April 2009, in Chivas's game against Los Angeles Galaxy, and scored his first professional goal on 18 April 2009 against Seattle Sounders FC.
He played college soccer at the University of Connecticut, leading his team in scoring in his freshman year, and finishing his college career with 26 goals in 86 career matches.

The Blues hope these new signings along with that of defender Aaron Hohlbein from the Kansas City Wizards, who debuted in the last game vs The Puerto Rico Islanders, will be enough to help them reach the playoffs. Read more about Aaron Hohlbein at MiamiSoccerFan

Miami FC's recent 2 game road trip has been succesful as they won 4 out of the 6 points. They defeated Crystal Palace Baltimore 1-0 with a Brian Shriver goal. Read more HERE
They also brought a point home from Puerto Rico as they tied the Islanders 1-1 with a goal from Abe Thompson. Read more about the game HERE

The Blues will be back at Fort Lauderdale to take on their most hated rival the Tampa Bay Rowdies this Saturday August 14th at Lockhart Stadium. The game starts at 7:30 PM with the Tailgate starting as early as 5 pm. Be sure to look for the Miami Ultras and join them for a drink. Live band will be A Beautiful Cage
Come out and support your Miami FC! Vamos Miami!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Soccer 5 at Kendall Soccer Park

This weekend is the Inauguration of Soccer 5 at Kendall Soccer Park. We spoke with Scott Georgeson, President and Glasgow, Scotland native, who tells us he is excited with this new project. We invite all Soccer fans to get out there and enjoy this wonderful facility.

Soccer 5 is delighted to be building our latest facility in the heart of South Florida.

We are in the middle of construction of 4 state of the art, 5v5 fields complete with unique bounce back boards and netting.

We have built these all over Europe including for major clubs such as Barcelona and are delighted to offer our latest venue in conjunction with Miami Dade Parks and Recreation at Kendall Soccer Park in Miami.

We are hosting a Tournament which will be our inaugural event, scheduled for August 7th & 8th and here is the link to the page
Soccer 5 will be offering rentals daily from morning to night going forward - pick up games, tournaments and leagues will be available. There will also be private events and field rentals to coaches/clubs for practice.

We are really excited to open the fields and we hope Miami will benefit to playing there.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Miami FC loses yet again. We suck again!


Sadly Miami FC lost again this past weekend. We are now in last place and its not looking pretty! What can we say at this point? Can we really, realistically make the playoffs? Can our new coach Daryl Shore pull a rabbit out of his hat and turn things around? It's difficult for a coach to make things happen with a team he didn't pick. But we hope the coach has that magic.
We all say that on paper, Miami FC has a good team. But, the mix of Ex-MLS players and youth hasn't panned out. We have seen a weak defense this year. It doesn't help that our best player in the back, Zach Kirby, has been hurt for large portions of the year. Even a great goalkeeper like Caleb Patterson can't stop every shot. (Talk about Caleb, check out his new blog on the Blues site "Don't fear the keeper" ).
Our other weak point is our forwards. We just can't score. We need a Romario or Alex Afonso up front.
We can only hope things turn around for the better in the weeks to come. It's not unheard of that a team could make a come back. But do we have what it takes?
Maybe it's time to start building for 2011, the year of the Strikers!
For more on the Blues loss to Austin check out
Coach Shore picture by Robert Scorca