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.