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4 posts from February 2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

LIVE from Mexico v. Colombia!

Hola from Sun Life Stadium, where there is a World Cup-like atmosphere for the 8 p.m. Mexico v. Colombia match. Between 40,000-50,000 expected. Fans from both teams decked out in flags, wigs, body paint, sombreros, wrestling masks, and team jerseys. Lots of Chicharito and Falcao shirts.

Will Ferrell is here promoting upcoming movie, Casa de mi Padre, and drew a HUGE cheer from the crowd when he yelled: "Chicharito!'' into the microphone at midfield. He clearly knows how to win over the Mexican audience.

300 reporters credentialed. Should be fun.

Breaking news: they just handed out the lineups. Here you go...

Mexico: Ochoa, Marquez, Moreno, Perez, Salcido, Guardado, J Dos Santos, Barrera, Zavala, Chicharito, G Dos Santos.

Colombia: Ospina, Armero, Zuniga, Perea, Mosquera, Sanchez, Rodriguez, Cuadrado, Ramirez, Falcao, Pabon.

On an unrelated note: Can you believe USA beat Italy 1-0? Clint Dempsey on fire.

As expected, Chicharito and Falcao get loudest cheers during introductions. 

GOOOOOOOL! Colombia! 37th Minute. Falcao scores when Pabon's shot ricochets off Mexican GK Ochoa's gloves. Colombia 1, Mexico 0.

HALFTIME: Colombia 1, Mexico 0

60th minute: GOOOOOL! Colombia again. Cuadrado, on beautiful cross by Armero. COL 2, MEX 0. Coach Jose Pekerman a hero in first game. Yellow-clad Colombian fans singing Ole-Ole Ole!

Crowd of 51,615 is second-largest for soccer at Sun Life behind 71,000 for Barca-Chivas last August.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Mexico-Colombia tix up to 35,000

Ticket sales are approaching 35,000 for Wednesday's Mexico vs. Colombia friendly at Sun Life Stadium (8 p.m.) Club level is sold out, lower bowl almost sold out. Fans invited to get there at 4 p.m. for Futbol Fiesta, a 120,000 square-foot interactive festival with games, vendor booths, legend autographs, etc...

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Chicharito is Coming to Miami!

Chicarito is coming! Chicharito is coming!

Mexican National Team Head Coach Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre announced the list of European and U.S.-based players on Mexico’s roster for the friendly against Colombia on Wednesday, February 29 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami (8 p.m.)

El Tri’s roster includes Manchester United star forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernández, Deportivo La Coruña's Andres Guardado, New York Red Bulls defender Rafa Márquez, and brothers Jonathan Dos Santos of FC Barcelona and Giovani Dos Santos of Tottenham.

Many of the seats in the lower bowl are sold. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster, the stadium box office and local soccer stores.

Strikers pre-season schedule

Strikers Announce Preseason Game and Event Schedule

Eight games and several events highlight the calendar preceding the start of the regular season

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Feb. 15, 2012) – The Fort Lauderdale Strikers have announced their 2012 preseason schedule and sponsored event calendar leading up to the regular season opening match on April 7.

Highlights of the preseason schedule include a trip to the Florida Youth Soccer Association’s complex in Auburndale, Fla. to face the Tampa Bay Rowdies and several local area colleges including FAU, Lynn University, Barry University, and Florida Gulf Coast University.

“We’re excited to be able to play against many of our local colleges and other good competition as we prepare for April 7th against Edmonton,” said Strikers head coach Daryl Shore.

The Strikers will also face Old Dominion University, Canada’s U-23 Men’s Olympic team, and the Copa Latina All-Stars.

Complete Preseason Schedule:

February 25th, 7:00pm – @FGCU

March 1st, 4:00pm – Lynn University (Strikers Training Facility)

March 4th, 5:00pm – Copa Latina All-stars (Ted Hendricks Stadium, Hialeah, FL)

March 7th, 1:00pm – Old Dominion University (Strikers Training Facility)

March 18th, TBD – Canada U-23 Olympic team (Strikers Training Facility)

March 21st, 8:00pm – @FAU

March 24th, 10:00am – Barry University (Strikers Training Facility)

March 31st, 7:00pm – Tampa Bay Rowdies (FYSA Auburndale Complex)

Fort Lauderdale is also announcing their schedule of events for the preseason leading up to the home opener against FC Edmonton on April 7.

Preseason Event Schedule:

March 3rd – “Meet the Strikers”. Location: Bokamper’s Sports Grill in Miramar. Time: 11:00am

March 10th – Fort Lauderdale’s St. Patrick Day Parade and Running of the Leprechauns presented by The Strikers. Location: Huizenga Plaza. 11:30 am – Sundown.

March 15th – 2012 Uniform Unveiling presented by Joma and Duffy’s Sports Grill. Location: Duffy’s Ft. Lauderdale. 6:30pm.

March 23rd – Strikers Downtown Fort Lauderdale Pub Crawl. Starting Location: Tarpon Bend. Time: 6:00pm

April 4th – The Official ‘12 Fort Lauderdale Strikers Roster Introduction presented by Fritz and Franz Bierhaus. Location: Fritz and Franz in Fort Lauderdale. Time: 7:00pm. (By Invitation to Season Ticket Holders Only)

Upcoming Team Promotions: February 23rd – Show Our Stripes!

“Striker fans, it’s going to be up to you to help reveal our new 2012 Home Jersey. Launching Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, fans will be in command to expose the new official home jersey of the Strikers. The promotion will run until Thursday, March 15th, the day we reveal to the public both our Home and Away uniforms at the Duffy’s Uniform unveiling party. Stay tuned to our website, facebook, and twitter for more information on the details. Join in and be part of history.”

March 15th – Show Your Stripes! “Our fans have consistently amazed us with their support for the Strikers. We’ve seen red and yellow jerseys, scarves, hats, flags, and much more. This year, we want you to bring that feeling from inside Lockhart, to the public all around South Florida. Starting March 15th, the Show Your Stripes campaign is going to reward fans for wearing their colors in key locations around the Tri-County area. We want everyone in the area to know what red and yellow stands for. Fort Lauderdale Strikers passion, tradition, and history. Details of the promotion will be launched on March 15th.”

Season tickets for the 2012 regular season are on sale now by calling (954)606-0400. All Strikers games are streamed live online at STRIKERS.com. Follow the Strikers on facebook and twitter @FTLStrikers