Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Ultras at SunLife Stadium for preview of Mexico vs Colombia

Journalist and South Florida's premier soccer supporters club the Ultras met up with a couple of legends this past Wednesday as part of a preview for the clash between Colombia vs Mexico at Sun Life Stadium in Miami February 29, 2012.
The Ultras will be attending this game and have been assigned to section 129 at SunLife Stadium.
Be sure to stay tuned to as they will be revealing a discount code soon.
We hope to see everyone there!
Check out the following pictures and video. More to come including interviews with the legends!

All pictures by Mitch Rivera

Monday, December 12, 2011

Carlos “El Pibe” Valderrama and Jorge Campos visit Sun Life Stadium on Wed., December 14 to promote Mexico vs. Colombia match

One time Miami Fusion player Carlos “El Pibe” Valderrama and former L.A. Galaxy player Jorge Campos visit Sun Life Stadium on Wed., December 14 to promote Mexico vs. Colombia match

Here is the press release:

Two of the game’s most popular legends joined by Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders for a memorable afternoon on the pitch, including a jersey presentation to the players

MIAMI (Monday, Dec. 12, 2011) – Two of soccer’s biggest World Cup legends, Colombia’s Carlos “El Pibe” Valderrama and Mexico’s Jorge Campos, will visit Miami’s Sun Life Stadium on Wed., December 14 at 2:30 p.m. ET, where they will participate in an animated photo-op on the pitch with Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders to promote the international soccer match between the national teams of Mexico and Colombia that will be played on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. The two soccer icons will receive customized Miami Dolphins jerseys and will be available to the media for interviews.

WHAT: Soccer legends visit Sun Life stadium to promote upcoming international game between Mexico and Colombia

WHO: Carlos “Pibe” Valderrama – legendary Colombian midfielder and World Cup veteran

Jorge Campos – legendary, flamboyant Mexican goalkeeper and World Cup veteran

Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders

WHEN: Wednesday, December 14, at 2:30 p.m. ET

WHERE: Sun Life Stadium
347 Don Shula Drive

Miami Gardens, FL 33056

Photo/Video Opportunities:

Interaction between World Cup legends and Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders
Miami Dolphins Jersey presentation
Players “kicking it around” on the pitch
Player soundbytes


Please arrive no later than 2:30 p.m. ET
Enter the stadium through Gate E and head towards the first-base dugout on field level
Media members must have a valid ID from their organization to attend the event

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Colombia and Mexico meet at Sun Life Stadium on Feb. 29

More Soccer coming to South Florida! Here is the press release:

World-class international soccer returns to South Florida as national teams of Colombia and Mexico meet at Sun Life Stadium on Feb. 29

Match to be played on official FIFA match date; both teams expected to bring their top squads as they continue their paths to World Cup 2014

MIAMI (Tuesday, December 6, 2011) – Top flight international soccer returns to South Florida when the Mexican national team takes on Colombia on February 29, 2012 (8 p.m. ET) at Sun Life Stadium, presented by AT&T. The game, announced today by The Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF), together with Soccer United Marketing (SUM) and Sun Life Stadium, is part of the annual Mexican National Team U.S. Tour, which has drawn nearly 2 million fans from coast to coast since 2004.

An exclusive Visa pre-sale for the game will begin on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 10:00 a.m. ET via or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, Dec. 12 at 10:00 a.m. ET on, by calling 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster locations. The Federación Mexicana de Fútbol invites fans to use their Visa cards.

The match between Mexico and Colombia in Miami will mark the 28 encounter between both teams, with a record of 12-9-6 in favor of the Aztec nation. The last meeting between the two ended on a 1-0 Mexico victory in 2011.

Festivities surrounding the game will include several days of pre-game sponsor activities and media events, including appearances by team legends, fan giveaways, news conferences and training sessions. On game day, fans are invited to visit “Futbol Fiesta,” a 120,000 square feet interactive soccer fan zone which opens four hours before kickoff just outside the stadium and features live entertainment, sponsor exhibits, and interactive games.

Colombia is a contender in the ongoing South American World Cup qualifiers, currently in sixth place in CONMEBOL with a game at hand. Led by their captain Mario Yepes (AC Milan/Italy) and star Radamel Falcao (Atlético Madrid/Spain), Colombia is coached by former MLS star Leonel Álvarez, who hopes to build from their Copa America 2011 quarterfinal performance.

Mexico, a perennial powerhouse in the CONCACAF region, will begin its run for World Cup qualification in mid 2012, with games on June 8 against Guyana and June 12 versus El Salvador. Under the direction of Jose Manuel de la Torre, the teams boasts a powerful lineup that includes standouts such as Manchester United striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, New York red Bulls defender Rafa Marquez, and Tottenham midfielder Giovani Dos Santos.

The annual Mexican national team U.S. Tour, a partnership between FMF and SUM, features up to five matches across the United States. The other tour dates will be announced as they are confirmed.

Details for media accreditation will be released in the coming days for media members who plan to cover the upcoming Mexican national team games.

The 2012 Mexican national team U.S. Tour sponsors are adidas, Allstate, AT&T, Bud Light, Cacique, Coca-Cola, Castrol, Degree Men, el Jimador, Makita, NAPA Auto Parts, The Home Depot, Visa and Wrigley’s Extra® Gum.

2012 Mexican National Team U.S. Tour
Date Opponent Venue City Time (ET)
Jan. 25 Venezuela Reliant Stadium Houston, TX 9 p.m.
Feb. 29 Colombia Sun Life Stadium Miami, FL 8 p.m.

About Soccer United Marketing
Founded in 2002, Soccer United Marketing (SUM) is the preeminent soccer business company in North
America. SUM holds the exclusive rights to the most important soccer properties in the region, including: all commercial rights to Major League Soccer; the United States Soccer Federation; promotional and marketing rights to Mexican National Team games played in the United States; and the CONCACAF Gold Cup™. SUM also manages promotional and marketing rights in the United States for Mexico’s most popular sports team, Club Deportivo Guadalajara (Chivas).

In 2008, SUM entered into a long term partnership with FC Barcelona which includes tours of the legendary Spanish club. In early 2009, SUM announced the creation of the SUM Digital Network, the only soccer advertising network of its kind, covering all facets of the sport in the U.S., and which allows advertisers to reach millions of soccer fans via online advertising and sponsorships campaigns. In addition, SUM created InterLiga, the former qualifier for Mexican clubs into Copa Libertadores; SuperLiga, the innovative professional tournament between MLS and Mexico’s First Division clubs, as well as the Pan-Pacific Championship, an international soccer tournament that crowned the top club from the Pan Pacific region. These global properties are represented by SUM’s slogan: One Sport. One Company.™ For more information, please visit

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Strikers players on the move...

As Striker Liker Christopher Walsh put it on the Ultras facebook page "The blood letting continues..." Yes, not long ago Coach Shore assured the fans on Miami Ultras Alive #30 (see minute 21) that he expected to keep the majority of his ALMOST championship team.
We've already seen a number of Strikers players packing their bags and moving to other teams. The latest was fan favorite Martyn Lancaster, who will be playing for the NASL's Atlanta Silverbacks in 2012. Lancaster was the winner of the latest fan voted Ultras MVP award. Martyn had become a symbol of the team. Fans identified with him as he was all heart on the field. He went as far as meeting with the Ultras after almost every game. He will be missed.
Other players the Strikers are losing include midfielder Bryan Arguez who is moving to the Montreal Impact, not to mention Gerson Mayen, who joins him (Gerson was on loan this past season from Chivas USA). Veteran Eduardo "Chaco" Coudet who we know will not return. But most important is the almost certain loss of team scoring leader Brian Shriver who is currently on trial with Swedish side Åtvidaberg AFF.
It seems like the off season will give us a lot to talk about.