Category: Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Strikers U19 team to compete against several of the best clubs in the world

This summer, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers’ under-19 team will compete in a tournament in China against several of the best clubs in the world. The U19 tournament, named the 2016 Weifang Cup, will be contested between: • Real Madrid (Spain) • Chivas de Guadalajara (Mexico) • S.L. Benfica (Portugal) • Fort Lauderdale Strikers (USA) • VfL Wolfsburg (Germany) • China national under-19 team • Desportivo Brasil (Brazil), and • Shandong Luneng Taishan F.C. (China) With the Strikers being the only US representative, the U19 team will have a unique opportunity to compete against many of the youth teams of some of the biggest ... Read more

Fort Lauderdale Strikers fail to impress in season opener against local rivals Miami FC

Opening day of the NASL season. It should be the point in the season when players are full of vigor and making sprinting runs across the pitch. But in Fort Lauderdale’s opening game of the 2016 season in its home derby against Miami FC, the Strikers looked lethargic, uninspired and lacked any creativity. It was only the first game of the season, but the 1-1 result felt like a loss. The Strikers were outplayed for the majority of the match by a well organized and more entertaining Miami FC side that played the entire second half with 10 men after ... Read more

Listen to Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Fort Lauderdale Strikers from 7:30pm ET tonight

One of the most historic rivalries in US soccer kicks off tonight when the Tampa Bay Rowdies hosts the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in a NASL game. Kickoff time is 7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT. Tonight’s game will be the first Florida derby of the year. Plus the game will be part of the Coastal Cup. The teams are neck and neck in the league with the Rowdies currently third in the table, while the Strikers are fourth. Here’s where you can watch the game on TV and/or Internet: U.S. (National) – ESPN3TampaBay/St. Petersburg (Local) – Great 38Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East – ESPN ... Read more

David Beckham can learn lessons about South Florida from the Fort Lauderdale Strikers

David Beckham’s lofty ambitions to build an MLS superclub in Miami have gone virtually nowhere over the past 14 months, but up I-95 about 25 miles, the NASL’s Fort Lauderdale Strikers are teaching Beckham thing or two about marketing. The Strikers, who began their first season under new ownership on Saturday, set a club record attendance with 11,691 fans at Lockhart Stadium who witnessed a 1-0 loss to the New York Cosmos. So massive was this number that it broke the previous club record by almost 4,000 fans and exceeded the opening match totals for the Miami Fusion in their final ... Read more

Questions arise about the growth of foreign ownership in US soccer

The recent events regarding Frank Lampard have brought the question of foreign ownership in the U.S. professional soccer leagues back into the spotlight. The Lampard saga has highlighted a growing trend of investment from foreign owners into the United States professional game. New York City FC (NYCFC) is the most extreme and perhaps dangerous example yet of foreign ownership in American professional soccer. Chivas USA, an ill-conceived project that never made much sense even in the abstract, soured many fans in the US on partnerships and foreign ownership. Chivas USA was structured unlike NYCFC initially, simply serving as a “franchise” of ... Read more

More Questions Remain Than Answers at Fort Lauderdale Strikers

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League made a splash on Wednesday by unveiling Brazilian legend Ronaldo as a part-owner and potential player. The Strikers got an international and national publicity bump out of the announcement. Ronaldo himself was well-spoken and thoughtful in his responses to the assembled media. But underlying problems exist in Fort Lauderdale. The NASL in the last few years has gone from being a rag-tag minor league of sorts to a serious professional competition. Teams have upgraded ownership, player quality has become better, the staffs of the clubs have become more professional and the ... Read more

Fort Lauderdale Strikers Unveil Brazilian Ronaldo as Part-Owner

NASL team Fort Lauderdale Strikers presented Brazilian World Cup star Ronaldo to the media in South Florida today as part-owner of the club after his affiliation with the club was originally announced in December. During the press conference, Ronaldo announced that Nike will be the club’s first sponsor under his part-ownership, a brand that was Ronaldo’s first sponsor when he was a 16-year-old striker. Ronaldo, who retired from playing in 2011, is only one of three men who has won the FIFA World Player of the Year award three times or more (joining Zinedine Zidane and Leo Messi). Ronaldo has ... Read more

Ronaldo Becomes Part-Owner of Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Brazilian soccer superstar Ronaldo is now part-owner of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Ronaldo, who is considered to be one of the greatest footballers of all time, has acquired approximately 25% of the Strikers and becomes part of the new ownership of the club, joining Brazilian investors Paulo Cesso, Ricardo Geromel and Rafael Bertani who acquired the team in September. Financial details were not disclosed. With the addition of Ronaldo to the ownership group, this is a huge coup for both the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and NASL especially coupled with the news from earlier this week where Spanish superstar Raul was ... Read more