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Watch ‘Ray Hudson’s Miami Fusion,’ the Rise And Fall Of South Florida’s MLS Team [VIDEO]

2001 miami fusion Watch Ray Hudsons Miami Fusion, the Rise And Fall Of South Floridas MLS Team [VIDEO]

The soul of soccer in South Florida was completely ripped out of the region in 2001 when MLS decided to fold the Miami Fusion.

Twelve years on, it’s still difficult for me to write or talk about the Miami Fusion. It was a team that was so near and dear to my heart that when the team contracted, I cried. It felt like a divorce. To make matters worse, none of the fans — myself included — had a chance to say goodbye to the team, the players or our friends.

Last Friday, episode 11 of the MLS Insider was released, which features an interview with former Miami Fusion coach Ray Hudson as well as several other people who were close to the club. I didn’t post it last weekend because it’s still a very sensitive topic for me to write about. Twelve years on, I still haven’t recovered from the loss of “my team.”

But the video is well done and worth watching — no matter what club or league you follow. It contains an emotional interview with Hudson, who opens up regarding what was, and probably still is, the best team to have ever played in Major League Soccer.

Hopefully a new team will start up in Miami in the near future so that top flight soccer in South Florida can be reborn. But until then, all we have are the fond memories and a cruel, abrupt ending.

Skip to minute 8:50 to watch the segment.

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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