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25 posts from October 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Strikers, the Day After

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers lost the NASL Championship series to Minnesota, but won a heapload of respect from the league and fans in recent weeks. Considering there was a monsoon at Lockhart Stadium just before Saturday night's match, the crowd of 6,800 was very enthusiastic. I truly believe they'd have reached 9,000-10,000 if the weather had cooperated.

Ray Hudson, the former Strikers great and Miami Fusion coach, admitted he had not attended a match all season, "even though I live a half-mile from here,'' but he liked what he saw. The franchise took important steps in this playoff run, and if ownership keeps listening to Tim Robbie, next year could be really fun.

Here's the story from last night, for those you didn't see it.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Strikers update, Ray Hudson in house!

On deadline..quick update...0-0 Strikers vs. Stars with 6 minutes to go. Soggy conditions, but very sprited effort by the Strikers. Minnesota packed the back, clogged the box and made it very hard for Strikers to score. Nice atmosphere. Even some singing Minnesota fans, clad in blue, with trumpet and horn. Ray Hudson in the house for first time this season. He was impressed. Read the Herald tomorrow for the full story. Gotta go. Deadline looming...  

Thursday, October 27, 2011

YouTube saved Striker's career

Strikers defender Martyn Lancaster can thank his wife, and YouTube, for saving his career.

MagicJack folds

Sad news for women's soccer fans...Boca Raton-based MagicJack -- which featured World Cup stars Abby Wambach, Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe -- was closed down by the Women's Professional Soccer league. The league and team owner Dan Borislow had been at odds all season.

WPS press release:

"After careful consideration, the Board of Governors of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) voted on Tuesday to terminate the Boca Raton based magicJack franchise. WPS will continue to deliver to its players and fans the world’s top women’s soccer league, with plans to make 2012 the most competitive and successful season to date.''

Borislow's response, e-mailed to the Miami Herald: "I could not persuade most of the other Governors and the league for what I thought the priorities of the league should be.

1.The WPS should be subservient to the US WNT and do everything in it's power to bring home Gold next year.

2.The teams should pay it's best players a fair salary and something they can raise a family with.Anything less you should not be entitled to Division I status and this concerned me,particularly when the league can't keep enough teams.

That being said,a disagreement like this is not grounds for termination.The league continues to cause permanent damage and now taken away our ability to even sell the franchise,all without due process.

magicJack and myself will do everything we can to help our Women bring home the Gold next year.Our priority has not and will not change.''

The league is left with five teams -- Boston Breakers, Western New York Flash, New Jersey Sky Blue, Philadelphia Independence and Atlanta Beat.

Since 2009, teams in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, St. Louis and Chicago have also folded.



Wednesday, October 26, 2011

6,200 tix sold for Strikers' NASL Championship game

Just back from the Fort Lauderdale Strikers Media Day, previewing the NASL Championship game Sat. night at Lockhart against the Minnesota Stars. The Stars won first leg of the home-and-home series 3-1, so Strikers are in a two-goal hole heading into the match. If they win by two, they tie series and force a 30-minute deciding mini-game. If they win by three, they win outright. If they win by 1, they lose series.

6,200 tickets had been sold as of Wednesday morning. Team officials hoping for 8-10,000. US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati expected to attend -- let's hope Hurricane Rina doesn't join him. Gulati, and surely MLS officials, will take note of attendance for future soccer endeavors in this area.

"I think MLS will look at this as a dry run to help decide if it's worth brining a club to South Florida,'' said Strikers captain Abe Thompson. "If fans don't support the Strikers, it will hurt the chances for MLS here. I hope we get a big crowd. I know South Florida is starved for any sort of championship title, and I hope we deliver it.''

The game will be televised on tape delay on GOL-TV at 10 p.m. Saturday night.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Strikers post-game...

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers trail 3-1 after the first leg of the NASL Championship series, but Coach Daryl Shore remains optimistic that they can clinch the title Saturday at Lockhart Stadium.

FORT LAUDERDALE  Fla.  (Oct. 22, 2011) – The Fort Lauderdale Strikers fell to the NSC Minnesota Stars in the first leg of the NASL Championship Series by a final of 3-1. The second leg of the series will take place at Lockhart Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 7:30p.m.

"It was a tough night for us from the start with giving up the goal in the fourth minute," said Strikers head coach Daryl Shore. "We know it's only halftime and we now come home knowing what we need to do. We're disappointed with the result, but know we have 90 minutes to play."

The Stars struck early in the match when their took the lead in the fourth minute on a Neil Hlavaty struck free kick from just outside the penalty area into the far corner of the goal. The goal gave the Stars a 1-0 lead. It was the first time the Strikers trailed in the post season.

The Strikers tied the game on a Stars' own goal in the 52nd minute. Fort Lauderdale defender Lance Laing sent in a long cross toward the far side of the goal, when a Minnesota defender redirected the ball back toward his won net and it bounced past Joe Warren.

Minnesota re-took the lead just a minute later on an excellent shot by Luke Mulholland after the Strikers turned the ball over in their own half of the field. 

The Strikers brought on their second half spark plug Martin Nunez in the 70th minute and he was able to create a few chances for Fort Lauderdale. However, in the 77th minute, the Stars would add to their lead when Lucas Rodriguez snuck through the Strikers' defense and beat goalkeeper Matt Glaeser at the near post to give the Stars a 3-1 lead.

The second and final leg of the NASL Championship Series will be at Lockhart Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 7:30p.m.


Sunday, October 23, 2011

ManU routed by ManCity! Ouch!

Man City beats rival Man U 6-1
Associated Press

LONDON -- Manchester City routed crosstown rival Manchester United 6-1 Sunday, its biggest margin of victory at Old Trafford since 1926.

Mario Balotelli starred a day after escaping a fire at his home in suburban Manchester, putting City ahead in the 22nd minute, then doubling the lead in the 60th, 13 minutes after Jonny Evans was ejected for bringing down the Italian forward.

Sergio Aguero -- Diego Maradona's son-in-law -- made it 3-0 in the 69th before Darren Fletcher scored for the defending champions in the 81st. Edin Dzeko made it 4-1 in the 89th, David Silva added a goal in the first minute of stoppage time and Dzeko got his second goal in the third minute of stoppage time.

United, a 19-time Premier League champion, had won 19 consecutive league home games and had not lost a league match at Old Trafford by five goals since a 5-0 defeat to City on Feb. 12, 1955. The Red Devils had not conceded six goals at home since a 7-4 loss to Newcastle on Sept. 13, 1930.

"It's the worst result in my history, ever," United manager Alex Ferguson said. "I can't believe the score line."

Bidding for its first league title since 1968, City (8-0-1) opened a five-point lead over second-place United (6-1-2).



Strikers trail 3-1 after first leg NASL finals

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers lost 3-1 to the Minnesota Stars in the first leg of the NASL Championship series. The home-and-home series concludes at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale Sat. Oct. 29 at 7:30.  The Strikers have to beat the Stars by two goals to force a 30-minute mini-game to decide the championship.

Read details of last night's game in the Minneapolis paper.

Tickets for Saturday's match start at $10. go to www.Strikers.com for more information.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Strikers coach Shore has local ties

Did you know Strikers coach Daryl Shore went to high school in South Florida?

Strikers play for NASL Championship starting tonight in Minnesota. Leg 2 is Oct. 29 at Lockhart.

Friday, October 21, 2011

ManU v. ManCity, Strikers, Brazil 2014

Friday Free Kicks...

Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the NASL Championship series vs. Minnesota Stars. Game 1 Saturday night 8:30 p.m. at Minnesota, Game 2 Sat. Oct. 29 at Lockhart Stadium, 7:30 p.m. Strikers won only one game first two months of the season, but have gone 6-1-1 in Sept-Oct and outscored opponents 10-2 in the playoffs. Look for preview feature on coach Daryl Shore in Saturday Miami Herald. He has local ties you may not know about...

Sao Paulo will host the 2014 World Cup opening match and Rio will host the final...

Akron University coach Caleb Porter was hired as U.S. Under-23 national coach, and former US midfielder Tab Ramos will coach the U20 team. Porter won the 2010 NCAA title and is 90-13-10 over five years...

Is there a bigger match this weekend than Man U vs. Man City derby in England? City leads the EPL with 22 points and Man U is second with 20 points. Who will win? Predictions??...

Fox won the TV bid for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups...

Tickets for the Strikers game start at $10. Go to www.strikers.com for more information. They are hoping for a big home crowd for the deciding game.