We learned Tuesday that Diego Serna earned USL-1 Player of the Week honors for his dramatic return to South Florida soccer.
We should have an idea by the end of Wednesday if he'll have more help when the Blues tangle with the Montreal Impact on Friday.
Total Futbol will chat with team brass at FC's FIU Stadium Media Day this morning about a few loose ends.
Players Miami FC has targeted, but did not play last weekend: former Cuban national team members Reinier Alcantara and Pedro Faife, Connally Edozien, a forward who was traded to the Blues in late 2008, and Brazilian goal-scorer Paulo Jr.
Regular Total Futbol reader DA, of The DA Show, sent along this little gem out of Rochester.
Apparently, the Rhinos are raffling off the naming rights to their stadium. All it costs: a $1,000 investment into the team, which includes season ticket purchases and advertising. For each grand spent, you get a ticket to the raffle.
The winner will be drawn at random on May 30 at halftime of the Rhinos game, and the name will only be used for the 2009 season.
Important to note: "The Rochester Rhinos and Adirondack Sports Club, LLC reserve the right to refuse and set final approval on name of the stadium."
So, no, "Blues Rule, Rhinos Drool Field" probably wouldn't fly.
Thoughts? It's certainly an innovative way to get fans involved in these challenging economic times. Heck, maybe FIU will give it a shot if the school continues to struggle finding a sponsor for its renovated stadium.
There are bad weekends, and then there are . For Manchester United, the it was the latter. The Red Devils' dream to win its five trophy in a year crashed and burned with a loss to Tim Howard and Everton in the FA Cup semis. And then Monday, a British parliamentary committee Monday accused ManU, Chelsea and Liverpool of engaging in "financial doping." All this and more in Monday's NTK.
Some of the biggest names in modern soccer history take the pitch at FIU Stadium for the Minority Soccer Development charity game, but they won't be playing to a full house.
Only a few hundred are in the stands.
It's still unclear who exactly will be playing in the "Legends Invade Miami" match, but as soon as we get an official roster, we'll pass it along.
Speaking of FIU Stadium, The Cage will host Miami FC's next match, Friday against Montreal.
FIU has announced a special ticket plan: Seats are available for $5 at the school's arena box office or by calling 305-FIU-GAME.
Kudos to Miami FC for offering South Florida soccer fans a hearty dose of nostalgia by bringing back former Fusion star Diego Serna and inviting Ray Hudson to opening ceremonies. Those Fusion days sure were fun, and if the Blues can capitalize on that vibe, it can only help. Gotta admit, I was skeptical (and then some!) when I heard 35-year-old Serna was back, but he showed last night those legs are still churning. Maybe Carlos "El Pibe'' Valderrama will make a cameo.
The Blues couldn't ask for much more out of their opener. Beautiful night, a few thousand in the Lockhart Stadium stands and a convincing victory over the City Stars.
Diego Serna was everywhere, scoring once and assisting on the other two. Also scoring for Miami FC: Alen Marcina and Leo Inacio Nunes. Cleveland's lone score came from Ricardo Pierre-Louis.
Next up for Miami FC: Montreal Impact, Friday, at FIU Stadium.
Minority Soccer Development's charity game, "Legends Invade Miami," is set for Sunday at FIU Stadium.
Scheduled to appear: Hristo Stoitchkov, Carlos Valderrama, Jorge Campos and many more past start. And from Miami FC: Fernando Clavijo and Zinho.
For ticket information, go to MinoritySoccerDev.org.
Goalkeeper: Pat Hannigan
Defenders: Zach Kirby, Cristiano Dias, Chris Williams
Midfielders: Edwin Miranda, Richard Perdomo, John PUlido, Leo Inacio Nunes
Forwards: Alen Marcina, Diego Serna
Cleveland City Stars:
Goalkeeper: Christopher Seitz
Defenders: Anthony Stovall, Troy Roberts, Ibrahim Kante, Godfrey Tenoff
Midfielders: Warren Kanu, Gordon Klestan, Roland Aguilera
Forwards: Joshua Boateng, Ryan Stewart, Richardo Pierre-Louis