Well, for starters, let's take a look at what we're not thankful for:
1) The Fort Lauderdale Strikers haven't played a match since the early '90's
2) The last two professional soccer teams in South Florida had the name 'Miami' in their title
3) Lockhart Stadium, once the first soccer specific stadium in the USA, is being demolished
4) All memories of a storied franchise can be found on one website and in youtube clips from other clubs (see below NASL Soccer Bowl '80-which the Strikers lost and the clip seems to focus mainly on the Cosmos, showing the Strikers only when they foul and a biased ref called a PK that so blatantly wasn't)
NASL Soccer Bowl '80
But there must be hope and we must believe. Don't look at the failures of the Miami Fusion and the struggles of Miami FC (great name). Fort Lauderdale has what it takes. We have had big crowds for international friendlies. We have training facilities on every street corner. And we have Sawgrass Mills, what else do we need? Oh yeah, an investor.
It is a little scary that the last four expansion moves by the MLS make it seem that South Florida is some sort of soccer-quarantined zone. Houston, Toronto, back to San Jose, and now Seattle. MLS is sending a strong hint that no one cares about us. But we have a chance to prove them wrong.
That's why we started this blog. We need to learn from the past 15 years of pro-soccer mistakes. We want our Ft. Lauderdale Strikers back! We want them in Ft. Lauderdale, not in Miami.