Strikers statement re: lack of funding, future of club

By Michelle Kaufman

In case you missed my story yesterday about the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers running out of money and seeking a loan from the league, here it is.

And here is the Strikers' response:

In the soccer business, in general teams lose money. It is a simple reality of world football and American soccer, at this moment. The Fort Lauderdale Strikers like any other football club faces this reality.

It is natural that any club will run into issues that will create potential hiccups in the way the business operates. In difficult times, the club needs lines of credit and community support to persevere through the difficult periods. The Fort Lauderdale Strikers have a two-year-old ownership group in a six-year-old league. At this point in time participating in league play costs our organization more money than we obtain in return.

The Strikers are in the process of recycling our club’s ownership. This is a natural process in this business. We remain committed to finishing the 2016 NASL Campaign including a push to qualify for our third successive postseason berth and will compete in the 2017 NASL season.

We acknowledge we have made some mistakes in our expectations and business plan. We need the help of our local Broward County Community who embrace this club to get through this difficult time. We have had to look for help and naturally went to the NASL – our league which is an association of owners who face similar challenges and understand our situation. We’ve gone to NASL for help and they have embraced us. This will allow us to work toward recycling our ownership with the 2017 NASL season in mind.

There is a lot of speculation as to the selling, splitting, shutting down of the clubs assets or ownership. None of this been stated by Paulo Cesso, the Strikers principal owner. He remains committed to this club, its brand and community.


Friday, October 14, 2011

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

South Florida players on FACA All-State team

Here's the complete list. It's chock full of Miami-Dade players.

Class 2A

Quinton Watson, Miami Country Day, Jr.; Jacky Sasson, Miami Country Day, Jr.; Leo Estabridis, Dade Christian, Jr.; Jake Moffet, Westminster Christian, Jr.; Justin Moo Young, Westminster Christian, Jr.; Tyrone Serrao, Miami Country Day, Soph.
Class 3A

Ned De Leo, Ransom, Jr.; Rafa Faria, Gulliver, Sr.; Andrew Quintana, Florida Christian, Sr.; Mike Lloret, Ransom, Sr.; Camilio Roneros, Gulliver, Jr.
Class 4A

Michael Aronowicz, Reagan, Sr.; Luca Garcia, Pace, Sr.; Nicolas Roque, Belen, Jr.
Class 6A

Mike Barabado, American, Sr.; Chris Torres, American, Jr.; Jhonny Vidalas, Varela, Sr.; Pietro Amacehirely, Columbus, Sr.; Steven Salinas, Killian, Sr.; Anthony Amaya, Ferguson, Jr.

Friday, April 24, 2009

South Georgia nabs four Broward standouts

Three members of the Region 4-5A champion Monarch Knights will play for South Georgia College, as will Cypress Bay's Jon-Michael White, according to Monarch coach Stephen Lorenc.

Forward Felipe Nascimento, midfielder Joao Mendes and defender Victor Castro were the backbone of Monarch's improbable run through the regional playoffs, and will be teammates again at South Georgia, a junior college in Douglas, Ga.

"Getting these four players from South Florida was exactly what I set out to do," said South Georgia coach Ken Kirsch.  "It made my 2009 recruiting class extremely strong and I consider all of them blue-chip prospects They will definitely help us out immediately next season."

Friday, March 06, 2009

Monday, February 23, 2009

State soccer postmortem

After stepping away for a few days to let the dust settle, here are a few thoughts on my week in Tampa.

1. Upsets are fun, but they don't often lead to state championships. Nobody expected Pine Crest to emerge out of 3A or for Varela to capture the Region 4-6A crown. Their runs were exciting, but it shouldn't be a surprise that they both lost early. One has to think University and Killian would have fared better.

2. It's really tough to write game stories on teams that don't score a goal. And this past week, there were more zeroes on the board than are in Obama's stimulus plan (Aside: $789,000,000,000 is a mindboggling amount of money).  South Florida's teams played 240 minutes of soccer. They didn't muster a single score. Blech.

3. The tournament should be brought back to South Florida. Even in a down year, three of the last 20 teams standing hail form South Florida. In other years, that number is doubled. How many people do you think made the trip to Tampa? Aside from families and girlfriends, none. There are several million people in Miami-Dade and Broward, a far bigger market than Tampa.

4. What do I write about now, especially if MLS is a no-go? Time to recalibrate.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Friday, February 20, 2009

Final: Palm Harbor University 2, Monarch 0

   For the first 60 or so minutes, neither Monarch nor Palm Harbor University looked ready
for prime-time.

   The two teams combined for just one shot on goal … a harmless long effort by Monarch …
and didn't come close to sniffing a goal.

   Then the lights went down, and Palm Harbor woke up.

   With just over 13 minutes left in regulation, the Pinellas County representatives
tallied the deciding goal to send Monarch back to Broward County.

   The Hurricanes added a late penalty kick to bounce the Knights 2-0 at University of
Tampa's Pepin Stadium Friday night.

   Minutes before the first goal, the stadium lights cut out, leaving the two sides
scuffling in the twilight.

   Ben Sweat could see just fine. The Hurricanes midfielder collected a pass from P.J.
McDonald at the top of the box, twisted to his right and fired the shot off his left foot
past Monarch goalie Diego Cardoso.

   Six minutes later, Palm Harbor University put it away.

   The Hurricanes were attacking inside the box, and Cardoso took down Andrew Smith while
the ball was free.

   Matthew Tobin then beat Cardoso on a well-placed penalty kick. Using his left foot, he
slid it inside the right post.

   The teams spent the first part of the game battling for the midfield. Neither Monarch
(18-6-2) nor Palm Harbor (23-4-4) put a shot on goal in the first half.

   However, Palm Harbor had the better of play. Forward Matthew Tobin broke free in the
sixth minute, had look at the goal, but sent the ball just left.

   The second half wasn't much better, with the initial shot goal not coming until the
55th minute of play. Felipe Nascimento drove a free kick on net, but it went right to the
Palm Harbor keeper Max Gallin.

   Then in the 67th minute, Palm Harbor nailed the decider.