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.