New Team for South Florida

Discussion in 'Inter Miami CF' started by bobbyfusion, Oct 6, 2003.

  1. bobbyfusion

    bobbyfusion Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Boca Raton, FL
    Rumors are out there that Lockhart will be home to a new A League team next year-The Strikers. I will be the first to purchase season tickets.

    Screw MLS.
     
  2. soccer4sFlorida

    soccer4sFlorida New Member

    Oct 23, 2002
    LockhartSSS
  3. chichi

    chichi Member

    May 21, 1999
    Miami Fl
    Club:
    Ft Lauderdale Strikers
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm in too, we'll show those MLS idiot's the mistake they made!
     
  4. onefineesq

    onefineesq Member+

    Sep 16, 2003
    Laurel, MD
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    well, it was a financial judgement. I for one think that a team has to be put back there when they get a financial backer in the area. I really think that will happen someday in the relatively near future as well. it's just a perfect place to have a team. It's all about finding someone with money who is willing to invest in a team down there.
     
  5. jd2084

    jd2084 New Member

    Aug 1, 2001
    Rhode Island
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Maybe if more people down there had shown MLS that they supported the Fusion when they were there you'd still have them.
     
  6. Motterman

    Motterman Member

    Jul 8, 2002
    Orlando, FL
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Maybe I am mistaken, but didn't they hold the Supporter's Shield when they folded?
     
  7. Crazy_Yank

    Crazy_Yank Member

    Jan 8, 2001
    Matamoros, Mexico
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

    That doesn't mean that people came out and actually watched the games.
     
  8. chichi

    chichi Member

    May 21, 1999
    Miami Fl
    Club:
    Ft Lauderdale Strikers
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The last year attendance went up almost 50%...

    Right when people actually started showing up they pulled the plug.
     
  9. akimmel

    akimmel New Member

    May 19, 2003
    Frisco
    I don't think it was a lack of attendance or public support that led to the club being folded, it was more about a lack of leadership/ownership. There will be a team in SoFla one day, but I wouldn't hope for an A league team. That might make it harder to get an MLS franchise down the road. You know that if you had your choice you would want MLS over A League.
     
  10. chichi

    chichi Member

    May 21, 1999
    Miami Fl
    Club:
    Ft Lauderdale Strikers
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    true, true
     
  11. Stuart

    Stuart New Member

    Oct 13, 2001
    Miami
    Attendance didn't really have anything to do with it. The owner wanted out because the league-wide losses were too great. After all, we got more than San Jose, and they are still there.

    Let's face it, only a billionaire can afford to bleed the necessary money to support MLS.
     
  12. AndyMead

    AndyMead Homo Sapien

    Nov 2, 1999
    Seat 12A
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    Considering the second largest crowd ever at Lockhart was still under 15,000, I find it hard for anyone to say that attendance was part of the problem. It was.
     
  13. onefineesq

    onefineesq Member+

    Sep 16, 2003
    Laurel, MD
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'll repeat what i've said before. MLS will be back in Miami. It's too rich a potential market to not have a team. The issue is getting an ownership group together. As MLS becomes a better financial deal for people, someone is gonna want to put up the money there, and there will be a team.
     
  14. Stuart

    Stuart New Member

    Oct 13, 2001
    Miami
    Part of the problem, yes. But, given that we had more than San Jose, and they are still here, clearly indicates that attendance is not the major factor that determines whether a team stays or not.

    Look, the Fusion has a 50% increase in attendance, so the trend was very positive. But, it just didn't matter. It wouldn't have mattered if we doubled attendance.

    Remember, that idiot Horrorman stated that the Fusion would have "more than the Dolphins" (last count they averaged just under 80,000). He just had such unrealistic expectations that it was never going to work out. MLS is well rid of such an investor, and have stated that they will not consider people like him again. That is a good decision.
     
  15. Stuart

    Stuart New Member

    Oct 13, 2001
    Miami
    I don't believe MLS will ever be back in Miami. The goal of the league is only to have a small footprint (16-20 teams max) and there are more than enough cities they have not tried yet - or cities with successful A-League teams with immediate support.

    We all hope they will, of course, but not in our lifetimes - assuming that MLS even survives, that is, and looking at the meagre attendance increases that is far from given.
     
  16. soccer4sFlorida

    soccer4sFlorida New Member

    Oct 23, 2002
    LockhartSSS
  17. river

    river Member

    Aug 12, 2001
    Cooper City
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    There goes another uneducated response!

    Get your facts straight why don't you!
     
  18. river

    river Member

    Aug 12, 2001
    Cooper City
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yet another stupid one!

    Why don't you morons ever get your facts straight instead of blowing out your A$$es.
     
  19. onefineesq

    onefineesq Member+

    Sep 16, 2003
    Laurel, MD
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I disagree with your final analysis because i think that your premise is wrong. the goal of the league is to make money. period. they can say whatever they want in public, but everybody involved is looking at pulling a profit someday. rich guys don't get rich by running their businesses philanthropically. with that being said, if/and when the league becomes profitable, guys will be jumping at the chance to own a team, and there will be more than 20 teams in the league. I'm not talking about tomorrow ......... i'm talking down the line. Forget what FIFA has said about having no more than 18 teams in their top division. That was said because European countries are much much smaller than this country. FIFA actually qualified that by stating that they were speaking of EUROPE. I'm sure that FIFA would not have any problem with a country of this side having a much larger pot of teams (especially with the money in this country. once again, this IS a business). In my final analysis, that means a team for Miami in the future (assuming that the league does in fact turn around their fortunes).
     
  20. river

    river Member

    Aug 12, 2001
    Cooper City
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I've said it before and I'll say it again. I do want pro soccer in Florida. But MLS in its current state is a joke, it needs to expand to become more interesting. They would have done much better, embracing the FUSION style of play instead of folding it. It just shows how near sighted league was. Other countries were just starting to look over here and see what MLS was doing and it was the FUSION style of play that made the MLS what it was
    The league needs a major in-FUSION or it will collapse of bordome.

    For those of your who are ignorant or uneducated and that think you know everything about SF. 15,000 fans is pretty good if you consider that it was all word of mouth that got these 15,000 fans in their seats. There was very little marketing if any, Very little promotion of soccer in SF, very few people even knew it existed. The following year by word of mouth it would have grown to 18,000 to 20,000 fans. Did you know that hardly any people in Miami that love soccer and have a passion for it even knew we had a pro soccer team?
    Yeah! I know its hard to believe.

    Hey, if you truly believe that the MLS is better off without the FUSION or without more teams and without a team from were there is a high concentration of soccer players and fans from all parts of the world. Then you're wearing blinders too and you need to open your eyes and see what is really down here. I think you'll be surprised!

    We have English, Irish, Germans, Spanish, Mexicans, Colombians, Canadians, Hondurans, Peruvians, Argentinos, Brazilans, Chilenos, Jamaicans, Iranians, Koreans, Haitians, Slavs, Ukrainians just to name a few. We have a $hit laod of soccer fans down here and guess what? They all came from where you live now or from South America, Europe and down under.
     
  21. river

    river Member

    Aug 12, 2001
    Cooper City
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I forgot to mention. We have Semioles down here too!
     
  22. JJ Mindset

    JJ Mindset Member

    Dec 7, 2000
    Do you guys actually want Vergara to be part of the Fusion revival? I mean, for him to choose S. Florida means that he'd have to cater to different ethnicities than what he's used to back home.
     
  23. efernandez9

    efernandez9 Member

    Jun 6, 1999
    Joe Pool Lake
    vergara will do....


    some one sold him the idea that latinos are very bad represented in MLS and will go there, Miami or south Houston, even san Diego will do.

    If you mention vergara in connection to mexies, well we have a ton of them in Homestead and Ruskin (back in the days when Mutiny had Vasquez the Midfielder from mexico, we used to get 3k mexies at the games) I hear Vergara the other day, he will like a team with the core made up mexicans/colombians and peruvians, and will have emphasis on latinos born in USA. Ala daniel Hernandez (tx) or the kid in the sub20 national team.
     

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