Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
So we here at Striker Likers have got a little caught up in all the excitement around town. The NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup Finals, International Friendlies, EuroCup Qualifiers, the Gold Cup; we've gotten so accustomed to looking elsewhere for our football (and sports action in general), we almost (just almost) overlooked the magic that happened this past weekend at the Fort (aka Lockhart Stadium).
A stunning 3-2 victory over the defending champs Puerto Rico Islanders and the triumphant return of forward phenom Abe Thompson. Abe scored the game's first goal and is a welcome return to a team that hasn't found the back of the net in the past two games.
So the Strikers are officially back, with a home win over a quality opponent no less. So take notice South Florida!
The win was in jeopardy and it took a late flurry from our Strikers to pull it out and the receptive crowd of roughly 5,000 were well entertained.
If only we could play Tampa now.
So although you may be glued to your TV sets watching the Heat take on the Mavs or the US making a run at Gold Cup glory, always remember you've got a team here too that needs your love.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Let's give credit to where credit is due. So you think the Miami Heat's recent success over the regular season best record holders is a culmination of a year long project of three great players and a team of hard working no names? Well, think again.
Last week, a travel website promoting cruises and land vacations sent out their usual weekly informative with a special theme, "White Hot Summer Specials".
A slight nod to the company's allegiance, but a closer look and you will find something even more amusing.
That's right folks, a Bulls logo burning in flames. A subliminal move that has echoed three straight victories, each one more intense than the last. Will this stay online until El Heat take the trophy? No one really knows.
Why does this Striker Liker care? Well, for starters, the Heat share the Striker colors. Two, they are a hard-working bunch that like to win the hard way. Finally, I just want to prove that sometimes a little but of virtual ingenuity can go a long way to fulfilling one's sport dreams.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Ever want to shout out that you're a Striker Liker, but also want to fit in around cool tattoo-clad youths? Well, here is your chance! Electric Zombie has just released a few fashions that take the storied Striker bumblebee hoops design to a dastardly horrific place.
Hope to see you all on the dark side one day.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
We are just days away from the biggest rivalry in sports! Okay maybe not really, but who here isn't pumped to see the Fort Lauderdale Strikers take on the green and yellow puke from Tampa Bay?
First things first. The loss last night to Carolina may have been demoralizing after a decently successful road trip, but the announced crowd of around 2,000 makes it even worse. Carolina has a great team and it seems no one cares. But we care and this Saturday will be huge, we're hoping to see at least 10,000 fill Lockhart Stadium. Whispers have been flying around that the crowd will sing the national anthem, but as long as we just chime in at the end with a "HOME OF THE STRIKERS!", this Striker Liker will be one happy camper.
Also of note, you can shop for your favorite official Striker gear here. There are only a few items available but come on people! If you're a Striker Liker there isn't one thing on the site you shouldn't have.
If you want to be a hardcore Liker, visit the Football in Miami and Beyond here for a laundry list of the necessary items it takes to look the part of a real Striker Liker.
P.S. - A reliable source has confirmed that magicjack's owner has decided to coach the team himself.
Monday, May 9, 2011
So last week, former Striker player and manager Thomas Rongen was sacked by US Soccer after failing to qualify for this summer's U-20 FIFA World Cup. Tis a shame, but it was a long time coming for some and now we are left to wonder; will Rongen return to the Strikers to resurrect his coaching career?
On a real Striker tip, another tie on this road trip and another almost win ripped out from underneath us in the final minutes. Good thing is we are not losing these games and we are up by one with only minutes left. Chemistry and cohesion will be the fix, but the real problem is in the fact that all our goals are coming from the penalty spot.
Kudos to Chacho Coudet for being spot on from the penalty spot, but someone's gotta step up!
Wednesday night game this week against a surging Carolina, 7pm, hopefully the web feed will work this time around.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
With so much going on in the world of soccer it's hard to focus on what's really important around here.
Have you been sucked into the quadrangle "clasico" that is Real Madrid vs. Barcelona?
Are you crying over spilled milk over Real Salt Lake's disappointing display and loss in the CONCACAF Champions League Final?
Can't get enough of top-notch women's soccer in your backyard?
Well get a hold of yourselves! A true Striker Liker must look past all those things and focus on his/her team. The Strikers have improved with their first three outings, besting themselves each time out, starting with a loss, followed by a draw, then a dramatic late win.
Now comes our biggest test. This Friday marks the real start of the season. The Puerto Rico Islanders, defending champions and undefeated thus far, they will show the Strikers if there are contenders or pretenders.
Watch the game live here.
Side note, we are a less than a month away from the Strikers homecoming, hosting FC Tampa Bay. See you all there!