Miami FC to honor Jose Fernandez

By Michelle Kaufman

mkaufman@MiamiHerald.com

Miami FC will hold a pre-game memorial ceremony Wednesday night for Marlins superstar pitcher Jose Ferndandez, who died at age 24 early Sunday in a violent boating accident off South Beach.

Before the game against Ottawa FC, Miami FC's Cuban midfielder Ariel Martinez will carry onto the FIU Stadium field a Fernandez 16 Miami FC jersey that was created for the occasion. He will also carry a Marlins cap and they will be played in the center circle. There will be a moment of silence, and the team's fan group, Dade Brigade, also plans a tribute.

Wednesday's game was originally billed as College Night, so college students with ID get in for $1.

Miami FC CEO Sean Flynn, hired earlier this year, spent the previous 13 years as vice president of Marketing for the Marlins.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Strikers statement re: lack of funding, future of club

By Michelle Kaufman

mkaufman@MiamiHerald.com

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.

 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Miami FC wins, up to 2nd place in NASL standings

By Michelle Kaufman

mkaufman@MiamiHerald.com

Who would have imagined when this season began, that league rookie Miami FC would be in second place in mid-September? That's exactly where the nascent NASL team finds itself after Wednesday night's 1-0 win over the Carolina RailHawks.

A crowd of nearly 7,000 -- impressive for a mid-week match -- showed up at FIU Stadium to see the surging Miami FC, which is on a six-game unbeaten streak.

Dario Cvitanich, last week's league Player of the Week, came off the bench in the 76th minute and scored the winning goal a minute later.

“I am very happy with the result but there is still work to be done,” said Head Coach Alessandro Nesta. “We need energy and all of our guys fit, so now our focus is to recover.”

Miami had other scoring chances. Vincenzo Rennella took a shot in the sixth minute. Ariel Martinez had another seven minutes later. They missed a free kick in the 23rd minute. Rennella had another chance in the second half. Rhett Bernstein got a good look at the goal, but it went wide. And Blake Smith nearly scored in the 90th minute. Aaron Dennis also was a threat all night.

Miami FC hits the road to play at Indy Eleven on Saturday. A watch party will be held at Fritz and Franz in Coral Gables. The next home game is Sept. 23 against Puerto Rico.

 

 

Friday, September 09, 2016

Landon Donovan is baaaaaack! Watch highlight video.

By Michelle Kaufman

mkaufman@MiamiHerald.com

In case you missed the news yesterday, Landon Donovan is back! He ended his 21-month retirement and signed with the L.A. Galaxy, who are desperate for some help heading into the final stretch of the season. Donovan will make his return Sunday in a home game against Orlando City. He'll be wearing No. 26 in honor of the birthdate of his infant son Talon, who was born Jan. 26, 2016.

“I’ve spent a lot of time speaking with my family and close friends over the past several days,” Donovan wrote on Facebook,“and we all agreed that this would be a wonderful opportunity and a win-win situation for everyone.”

Coach/General Manager Bruce Arena seems delighted with the idea.

“Landon had a desire to play again, so in this case, if you’re going to gamble a little bit, this is a pretty good guy to gamble with,” Arena told reporters.

Hard to argue. Check out this video of Donovan highlights...

 

 

The Galaxy have six regular season games left. The Los Angeles Times reported that Donovan will make roughly $152,500.

 

 

 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Jill Ellis names US women's Olympic team

By Michelle Kaufman

The Rio Olympics are just over three weeks away, and U.S. women's soccer coach Jill Ellis on Tuesday named her 18-player roster. The Americans play New Zealand, France and Colombia in group play.

The U.S. will open Group G play on Aug. 3 - two days before the Olympic Opening Ceremony - against New Zealand (7 p.m. local / 6 p.m. ET) at Mineirão Stadium in Belo Horizonte. The USA will stay in Belo Horizonte - which is 270 miles north of Rio de Janeiro - to face France at Mineirão Stadium on Aug. 6 (5 p.m. local / 4 p.m. ET) and finish group play against Colombia on Aug. 9 (6 p.m. local / 6 p.m. ET) at the Amazônia Stadium in Manaus, the same arena in which the U.S. Men's National Team tied Portugal 2-2 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the furthest soccer venue from Rio (more than 1,700 miles).

2016 U.S. Olympic Women's Soccer Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2):
Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (6):
Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6):
Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (4):
Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado)

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