Miami FC to honor Jose Fernandez

By Michelle Kaufman

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.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009


Good news: The United States can win a road game in qualifying.

But it wasn't easy. It took a Ricardo Clark goal in the 62nd minute for the Americans to down Trinidad & Tobago 1-0. Now, they essentially need one point in the final two matches in ensure their sixth straight World Cup berth.

Why? They stand alone in first place of the final round hex after a low-scoring night.

A Rudis Corrales goal in stoppage time Costa Rica 1-0 and kept El Salvador's faint hopes alive, while Mexico used a PK to down Honduras by the same score.

New standings: USA 16 points, Mexico 15, Honduras 13, Costa Rica 12, El Salvador 8, Trinidad & Tobago 5.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Team D.A. Soccer Camp Redux

We're all about helping out our friends at Total Futbol, so when college buddy and local sports radio host Damon Amendolara needed an extra set of hands at his free soccer camp Saturday, you know we were there.

Great event, even with the monsoon that blew through.

Miami FC showed up in a big way, with current and past players Walter Ramirez, Reinier Alcantara, Nicky Torres, Danny Vasquez and Eric Vasquez dropping some knowledge on the two dozen or so kiddos at Rooftop Soccer in Brickell.

Special kudos to D.A. and FC PR dude Ignacio Rodriguez for pulling it all together.

Here are some pics from the event.






Thursday, June 11, 2009

WQAM'S 'D.A.' hosting free summer camp

We're all about helping out our friends at Total Futbol, and there's no bigger friend than Damon Amendolara of WQAM-560 AM.

D.A.'s hosting a free, one-day soccer camp on July 25, in partnership with Miami FC and Brickell Soccer Rooftop.

Complete information about the event is available at, but here are a few of the highlights:

It's for kids, ages 6-14, held on the Brickell Rooftop fields. Anyone who signs up their son/daughter by the end of the day, they get two free tickets to a Miami FC game of their choice. Email here to register.

Oh yeah, and I'm going to be a "Special Guest Counselor." Dunno if that's an incentive or not...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Many parents choosing camps over vacations

Cruises or camps?

For many soccer moms and dads across South Florida, the choice is clear: Their limited disposable income is going to their kids' athletic development, at the expense of costly vacations.

A survey of several of the area's biggest soccer camps show that, despite one of the worst economic climates in the past seven decades, enrollment in local soccer camps remains strong.

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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Monday, February 02, 2009