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Spotlight on South Florida

vfiles27109 300x225 Spotlight on South Florida

Throughout much of the year, South Florida is a football wasteland, with little in the way of meaningful professional soccer taking place locally. International breaks are different, with frequent US National Team training sessions and of course frequent friendlies featuring the likes of Honduras and Colombia.

The next several days here are different, however. Tomorrow, the first ever Annual General Meeting of the North American Soccer League will convene. The new second division for the US and Canada will feature two teams from Florida, Miami FC and the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The NASL has successfully placed a spotlight on second division soccer in North America over the past few months, although most of the press has been focused on the legal machinations of USL and the sanctioning/mediation role of the USSF. UPDATE: The issues between the USL and NASL have been resolved with the USSF scheduling a 3pm ET press conference to discuss the compromise which will allow the 2010 season to go forward.

Today, I had the honor of meeting in person and interviewing Simon Kuper the co-author of Soccernomics, and the author of Soccer Against the Enemy and Ajax: The Dutch, The War. Tomorrow, Kuper will be conducting a book reading of Soccernomics at Books and Books in Coral Gables.

Beginning Friday, the MLS will hold its annual scouting combine in Fort Lauderdale. For more on the combine, please listen to the latest edition of the MLS Talk Podcast with Sean Grybos of Soccer City FC.

For South Floridians interested in football, this is a great time to be around the area.

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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8 Responses to Spotlight on South Florida

  1. USA 2010 (formerly known as Kartik) says:

    too bad nothings in tampa except for usl headquarters-ew

  2. over there says:

    I wish I still lived in Miami (just moved in April). I was one of the 5 Miami FC fans, so please don’t tell me Miami deserves another MLS team.

  3. Michael says:

    If only South Floridians were interested in football…

  4. Nick says:

    It will be interesting to see whether Beckham chooses Miami or New York City. Both have their own challenges.

    New York City is similar to Seattle. Lots of upscale yuppies. I think the stadium would have to be in Manhattan for credibility. I doubt that a bridge-and-tunnel stadium would get any more affection than the Red Bulls.

    Miami has soccer fans that are very very discerning. Lots of Latinos who know what good soccer should look like. You’d need some world-class players to make a Miami team successful.

  5. Gus says:

    Did you guys hear about Landon Donovan getting the #9 jersey for Everton? Pretty awesome, I thought Louis Saha wore the jersey but I guess he switced it. Check it out:

  6. Alen says:

    I hope to see MLS back in Miami in the next 3-4 years.

  7. 640-802 says:

    nice place,
    as Kartik too bad nothings in tampa except for usl headquarters-ew

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