Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fort Lauderdale Strikers lose. Supporters TIFO pokes fun at Non-Rowdies

The Strikers played a poor game versus rivals FC Tampa this past Saturday in front of about 3700 fans that came out to enjoy a great pre-game atmosphere thanks to over 15 Miami Food trucks. As usual the supporters started their tailgate early and even created a TIFO poking fun at FC Tampa aka Rowdies. In case you didn't know, the Tampa team which was originally set to take on the Rowdies name officially has not been able to do it due to an on going litigation involving merchandise and name rights. Therefore the fan groups Flight 19 and Miami Ultras took it upon themselves to call out Tampa's supporters group Ralphs Mob aka the 'Fannies' to South Florida fans (The old Rowdies fan club).

Here is a fan video when the TIFO went up.

You can read more about the game at www.strikers.com

Be sure to listen to Miami Ultras Alive every Monday at 10PM. Yesterdays guests were Strikers players Sir Martyn Lancaster and Goalkeeper Matt Glaeser. We spoke about the loss and much more.
Listen to the podcast HERE
Picture by Justin Yarborough

Thursday, August 18, 2011

MagicJack Wins with an Abby Wambach brace! Miami Ultras announce new website.

South Florida's WPS team MagicJack advanced to the next phase of the playoffs with a 3 to 1 win over the Boston Breakers. MagicJack will now face the Philadelphia Independence this coming Saturday August 20 at 4 pm. You can watch that game live on Fox Soccer channel or online.
MagicJack goals were scored by Abby Wambach at the 6' and later in the 57' off of a penalty with Megan Rapinoe scoring off of a Christen Press pass in the 61'. The Independence scored in the 31' thanks to Keelin Winters. MagicJack dominated most of the game.
You can read more about the game HERE.

Following are videos captured from the webcast. You can hear the supporters drums courtesy of the Miami Ultras and Flight 19 supporters groups.

Listen to the drums!

Megan Rapinoe hits the post.

MagicJack Attacks!

Abby Wambach Penalty Goal

The new Miami Ultras website
South Florida's soccer supporters group the Miami Ultras launched their new website. www.miamiultras.com this past Monday. The old website MiamiSoccerfan.com announced the move this past Friday.
It’s an end of an era for MiamiSoccerFan.com as we end a nice run here. We’ve had some good times here at MSF with the birth of the Miami Ultras and plenty of cool interviews and stories.
But don’t be sad because we’re moving to a bigger and better website, miamiultras.com. At MiamiUltras.com you’ll have a much enhanced experience with Miami Ultras TV, Facebook and Twitter connectivity, more writers, flash slideshow and our very own forum.
You’ll have no need to go over to BigSoccer with the MiamiUltras.com forum. All you have to do is register and start giving your opinions in any of the threads or start your own thread. This forum will moderated much more liberally than any other soccer forum, so go ahead and let it rip.
This new and improved site will also allow us to have more writers with the ability to post their own articles. You will no longer need to email me your stories. Contact me if you wish to write on MiamiUltras.com and we’ll hook you up.
So stop wasting time and head over to the new MiamiUltras.com!
Be sure to check it out!

Miami Ultras Alive
If you missed this weeks episode of Miami Ultras Alive, hosted by Pieter Brown and Uncle Ed you missed a great episode where they discussed the Miami Fusion with one time Afusionado supporters group President Andrew Hazelton. Andrew takes us back through memory lane and gives us a few anecdotes about his experiences during the short lived MLS team’s existence. We also discuss the Fort Lauderdale Strikers unbeaten streak as well as the playoff bound WPS side MagicJack. Listen to the show every Monday at 10 PM Live and call in with questions to (323) 927-1455 or join in on the live chat.
You can listen to it here:

Listen to internet radio with Miami Ultras Alive on Blog Talk Radio

Monday, August 8, 2011

Strikers beat NASL leading Carolina Railhawks, magicJack defeat Boston and more...

The Strikers proved their victory last week versus Edmonton was no fluke by taking out league leader Carolina Railhawks 2-1 with 10 men and a lot of heart! Over 3,000 fans showed up to a game threatened by rain and were delighted to see a hard fought Strikers dominated game. As an omen of good fortune the sky turned red and yellow, perhaps a sign of things to come (See picture).
While many of us were calling for coach Daryl Shore's head only a few weeks ago now we see an energized team that despite playing without veteran star Eduardo'Chacho' Coudet, they played with renewed confidence and a spark we haven't seen all year. The Strikers give Carolina their 3rd defeat of the year, while registering their 5th 'W' of the year.
For more details on the game be sure to go to www.strikers.com
Following check out the extended highlights and fan video:

Here is the injury time goal recorded by Adam Nessim.

Here is the end of the match:

magicJack defeat the Boston Breakers
Thanks to 2 goals by Abby Wambach, South Florida's WPS team magicJack defeated the Boston Breakers as they secured a place in the playoffs. With the return of their World Cup stars the team is regaining the form they had before the players left. It seems as though magicJack will be a contender for the league tittle this year.
Read more about the game HERE

Check out this fan video and the great center finding Abby Wambach for a goal.

Miami Ultras Alive
Once again catch Miami Ultras Alive tonight at 10PM as we discuss the latest soccer events in South Florida starting with the almost sold out Barcelona vs Chivas game as well as magicJack and Strikers info.
Our guest tonight will be Fort Lauderdale Strikers coach Daryl Shore! Tonight at 10 PM! Be sure to join us at:
Call in number is: (323) 927-1455 or join us on the live chat!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Barcelona vs Chivas pack 70,000 at Sun Life Stadium and make a case for MLS.

The best team in the world, Barcelona played the most popular team in Mexico (Chivas de Guadalajara) and filled Sun Life Stadium on a humid Wednesday night in Miami. Section 404 was packed with Miami Ultras  and other fans who were present to watch the beautiful game at it's best. We all saw Chivas shock Barcelona with their wonderful play and goals.
Chivas won in a stunning 4-1 upset, its second goal on a spectacular bicycle kick that made a stadium gasp. The result was a shocker not only because mighty Barcelona led and might be the best club in the world (when full strength), but because European teams had been 9-0 against North American teams in this ongoing World Football Challenge series.
By Greg Cote of the Miami Herald. 
Read more: HERE

Here is the video highlights of the the game and the goals (In Spanish):

Signs asking for MLS in Miami were seen throughout the stadium... And as Mr. Spock says in the picture: 'Logic Dictates MLS Expansion to Miami is next'. It appears it is only a matter of time before MLS returns to South Florida. After the new New York franchise, that Major League Soccer's Commissioner Don Garber insists will be the 20th MLS franchise, South Florida seems to be the next logical move. Sure, there are pretenders out there such as Orlando and Indianapolis. But they lack the flash and TV market that only South Florida has. After Los Angeles and New York there is no other city as sexy as Miami.

As I said when Commissioner Garber met with the Miami Ultras in January. 'MLS will only and truly have a national foothold with a team in South Florida'. After all, the closest MLS team is DC United 1,000 miles to the North. An entire region of this country (The SouthEast ) has no first Division presence, a true shame.
 What will make MLS succeed in South Florida? A great and passionate owner with deep pockets willing to give this market a chance. The Fusion's owner Ken Horowitz didn't have the above. He gave up on a team in 2001 that was the best in the league. A team who's attendance increased by 50%! The team was just starting to build the foundation of a soccer tradition and history.
If we talk about history you don't have to look too far to realize that the old is the way to go. Check out the Sounders and the Timbers to name only a few. Just North we have the reincarnation of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, one of the most storied teams of the old NASL. If the current owners are not willing to take them to MLS then maybe someone else can step in and make it happen. They are currently averaging about over *4,000 fans per game 2nd in NASL. (Corrected, thanks to F19)

Following is a local channel's coverage of the Barcelona vs Chivas game. Check out the Strikers fan! (Justin Yarborough)

Hell, I'd be happy with bringing the Fusion name back as long as we had top flight soccer back in South Florida. MLS has come a long way from the early days. The league has changed and grown but they still have a long road ahead before they can compete with European or even the Mexican League. But it's do-able and it's time to bring MLS to South florida.

If the Barcelona vs Chivas game proved anything it is that people in South Florida want quality. It's the only way to sway them from their teams back home. Bring superstars like Forlan, Messi and Ronaldo and people will flock to the stadium. We know how this town works. Make the soccer game an event and people will come!
If you want to help bring MLS to South Florida then go to www.mlsmiamibid.com and sign up to receive emails and the latest information about local soccer.
You can also follow us on Facebook:

Another way of supporting the cause is by going out to see Fort Lauderdale Strikers games and Women's Professional Soccer team magicJack. by supporting these teams you are sending a message out to MLS that we want and will support a team in South Florida.

You can also join the Miami Ultras, South Florida's soccer supporters group. you can see us at most soccer events and now playing in soccer tournaments. So come and join us and listen to our weekly soccer radio show every Monday night at 10 pm. Miami Ultras Alive.  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/miamiultras

Here are more links from all over the world mentioning Miami's incredible turnout to see the Barcelona vs Chivas game:
Miami Herald
Sun Sentinel  Includes video
Yahoo Sports
MLS Talk
Times Live
CBS Miami 
USA Today
Miami New Times Includes video

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Jim Rooney on Miami Ultras Alive, Miami Soccer Festival, Strikers win and more.

Ex Miami Fusion captain and current Fort Lauderdale Strikers Assistant coach Jim Rooney was our guest last night on Miami Ultras Alive.
Rooney was gracious enough to answer our questions about his Fusion days, including a number of anecdotes concerning Ray Hudson's underwear and his own sports bra (In tribute to Brandi Chastain's World Cup goal) inspired celebration during the MLS All Star game. Jim also explained the intricacies involved in being a coach and what he thinks it will take to have a successful NASL/MLS team in South Florida.

Be sure to listen to the full show here:

For more on Jim Rooney check out "What Ever happened to: Jim Rooney" on the MLS site.

Want to know more about Miami Ultras Alive? Check out El Presidente Pieter Brown being interviewed about our show:

Miami Soccer Festival
The Miami Ultras soccer supporters group participated in the Miami Soccer Festival that was held at Kendall Soccer park. The Ultras fielded a soccer team that this time was lead by Coach Mitch Rivera who replaced yours truly Uncle Ed.
The team had in it's majority, veterans from our first soccer team adventure at MLS Futbolito a few months back. We also had 3 rookies:
Dan "The Beast" Coyle, Brian "The Terminator" Kelly and Luis Miguel "El Terror de las Mujeres" Ojeda Jaramillo. Our only goal of the tournament was scored by veteran forward David "The Judge"Ito.
Our Ultras team proved once again that we shine as supporters and beer drinkers but we can't play if our lives depended on it! Still, the adventure was fun and we'll never let it get us down... No way Jose! As a matter of fact, the Ultras will be playing this weekend at the Pub Cup! Do you want to help us lift a trophy? Contact us on Facebook.
The Ultras didn't only go to the Festival to play soccer, we also went to recruit new members! The Ultras lead by our fearless leader El Presidente Pieter Brown and Uncle Ed manned the Miami Ultras Booth! check it out peoples!
Our main focus was to recruit new members but we were also there to push our continued MLS Miami Bid campaign. We want top flight soccer in South Florida. If you want to be part of it join our Facebook for continued updates. http://www.facebook.com/MLSMiamiBid
If you want to be part of the Miami Ultras and support all soccer in South Florida, which includes the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and magicJack then join us!
Go to Miami Soccer Fan

The Strikers win!

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers finally won and in a convincing manner! The Strikers defeated Edmonton 3-0 thanks to a great performance by Brian "I got Beer poured on my hair" Shriver. You can read full details of the game at www.strikers.com
Following is a screen shot of the video where it appears Brian Shriver got him some 'Beer':
The fans are now re-energized and hope the team repeats that performance this weekend versus 1st place Carolina Railhawks.
Be sure to join the Fans at the tailgate starting at 4PM Saturday.
magicJack wins!

magicJack, our Womens Professional Soccer team also came out victorious this weekend defeating the Atlanta Beat by 4-0. Christen Press had a hat trick giving her a total of 8 goals so far this season while Abby Wambach scored her 5th of the season. Read more about the game HERE

magicJack will now play Sky Blue FC tomorrow Wednesday at 7PM at FAU Soccer field.

Barcelona vs Chivas

Also playing tomorrow is European Champion Barcelona versus Mexico's most popular team Chivas of Guadalajara. The Game is set to start at 8 pm at Sun Life Stadium.
Be sure to meet up with the Miami Ultras and MLS Miami Bid fans at parking area W-24 (See Stadium map). People should start arriving at 4 pm. Once in the stadium look for us in Section 404.

We hope to see everyone out there!