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!
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
It was a Wednesday like no other. Jam-packed with soccer action and news and unfortunately, you won't see any of it on ESPN's Sportscenter.
First off, let's just say that this 4/20 was awesome!
The day began with the Benny Feilhaber saga. Here in the states you see, clubs don't buy players, the league does, then assigns them accordingly. Chivas USA were next in line for a player acquisition, but passed up on Feilhaber. Philly passed up too, leaving the New England Revolution no choice but to become instant title contenders. The MLS is shaping up quite nicely as now New England, New York and DC all have star quality to match the big names on the West Coast.
But back to the soccer on the field. First up was a pair of Premier League matches and the Arsenal-Tottenham game didn't disappoint (unless you are either an Arsenal or Tottenham fan). With title hopes and Champions League qualification on the line, neither team helped their cause in the 3-3 stunner at Tottenham's White Heart Lane.
Then came the Copa del Rey final, otherwise known as the second chapter of the 'Clasico' quartet. Over the weekend Real Madrid and Barcelona tied 1-1 in their league matchup. This matchup was also tied at the end of regulation, but Real Madrid took advantage of the slim chances when Christiano Ronaldo got onto a Angel DiMaria cross and headed home the 1-0 winner. The next two installments will be home and away Champions League semi final games.
And speaking of Champions League, Real Salt Lake took a huge step in becoming the first MLS team to make it to the annual FIFA World Club Cup with a dramatic 2-2 draw in Mexico. RSL came back twice and got a glorious 89th minute equalizer from Javier Morales to give themselves more than a fighting chance to become champions of North and Central America.
All in all it was just as exciting as the World Cup with multiple games going on, news breaking and speaking of things breaking, Real Madrid went back home after the game, boarded a bus, started driving around Madrid with their new trophy and then dropped it and watched the bus run right over it. Classic.
The soccer gods were smiling down on us today!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Has it already been 2 weeks? I guess it has. 2 Weeks, 2 games, 2 goals, 1 point but most importantly: 10,000 fans!
That's right, backing up opening day's 6,000 was last Friday's 4,000 crowd that saw the Strikers hang on and find a way to get a goal back and tie NSC Minnesota.
It's a promising sight for us Striker Likers who have been clinging on the distant memories. Now we've got a future to look forward to.
Let's be critical of our disappointing start, but not discouraged. Remember this is a new team, although the core of the Miami FC still exist, there are a lot of new pieces and these first few games are still feeling like preseason games.
After this upcoming road trip be prepared to see a Striker squad welcome their instate rivals from Tampa Bay and give them a thorough bashing.
Friday, April 15, 2011
I stayed up a little late last night to catch the opening minutes of the Portland Timbers as they played their first home game ever as an MLS side. To my complete giddiness and satisfaction, the Portland supporters (aka the Timbers Army) performed the national anthem and it was awesome!
Click here if you missed it.
For us Striker Likers, just having the Strikers back in town has been a huge accomplishment, if not a wish come true. But now we must focus and keep bringing that passion we showed last week to each and every Striker home game. We can have an MLS team again if we can prove we will support it.
Let's show the States what the Striker Likers are all about. See you all tonight, let's beat up on Minnesota!
One more thing, in the ASL/APSL days of the Strikers, when the national anthem was sung, we used to always it end off with, "and the home of the STRIKERS!" I did it last week in homage, and I'm gonna do it again tonight, who's gonna join me?
Monday, April 11, 2011
The dark ages are finally over. The Fort Lauderdale Strikers have returned. They've eaten up completely what was Miami FC and have reinvigorated a market starving for professional soccer. And although it began with a loss, there was a feeling that everything was good in the world. The Strikers were back and that only means good things.
When this blog began inauspiciously a few years ago, we figured we could conjure up old memories and somehow put a spin on the local soccer conversation. But today marks a new era. There is a team now, real and made of living things. There is a team we must support, a team we must question and above all a team we must be proud to call our own. So although some may argue that we just have Miami FC in better looking uniforms, let this be a warning to you. When you call yourself a Striker Liker, you take on a responsibility to bring soccer into the future and to prove that South Florida is no retirement home.
So today we grieve over a season opening loss but to the fans, the community we scored a landmark victory. 6,402 was the announced attendance. It may drop slightly on Friday's follow up match against Minnesota, but there will be a presence in the stands. The Fort Lauderdale Strikers are back and so are the Striker Likers.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
It cannot be disputed that Thomas Rongen will always remain a legendary figure in the hearts of Striker Likers. He spanned two generations of Likers by playing here in Fort Lauderdale during the NASL days, then staying through to see the Strikers win their only championship in 1989 with the ASL/APSL version of the team.
Recently, his actions are a bit disappointing. In case you missed it the U-20 US Men's National Team fell 1-2 to Guatemala last night and were eliminated from qualification for the U-20 World Cup. Thomas Rongen is the coach of the U-20 US Men's National Team.
Thomas, we love you as a Striker, but please, this is embarrassing.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Striker Likers here is up for a Best of Blogs Award from Sun-Sentinel. If you like the posts you're reading, are a huge Striker Liker, or just love soccer, click here and vote!
And not to play sides, the wonderful folks over at Football in Miami and Beyond (who are fellow Striker Likers) are also nominated.
Get out there and vote! Let's show them soccer matters in South Florida.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
But alas, take a real look at the history and at the state of the game today and try and tell me that Americans haven't had their influence on world football.
Performance wise, the USA finished third in the inaugural World Cup and in 1950 staged the biggest upset ever in the game.
Moving forward to the NASL of the 70s, we introduced "the Galacticos" a team of stars from around the world. That concept is commonplace these days, but the Cosmos did it first, so there.
Another gem to the world was the NASL ball, star studded for a reason, notice now how the UEFA Champions League has taken the concept for its annual tournament of club champions.
We statesiders deserve some credit, so with the launch of the new NASL (amazing logo by the way) and the re-introduction of classic NASL sides (Vancouver Whitecaps, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers and now of course the Fort Lauderdale Strikers), history is coming full circle and the dark ages of American soccer shall be no more.
This rant is really just a reason to put out the thought that the new NASL should play with a cool looking ball. Anyone have any idea what they will be using?
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
When the logo was introduced a few days back sans any black, I was worried that our team shorts would be the same charcoal grey, but behold the new Strikers kit, very classic and luckily for Joma, no need to redesign anything they had already in the production line.
At first glance anything Joma may not perk your fancy all that much, but let it sink in and enjoy the fact that we're back! We look damn good too!
From afar, the new logo has a very classic, european football look.
Next step, NASL Champions!
Sidenote: the FC Tampa Bay (we're not the Rowdies) are revealing their kits tomorrow. Let the rivalry begin.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Eduardo "Chacho" Coudet has recently signed with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers which gives a little more meat to the hungry Striker Likers out there waiting for opening day. Coudet, a bleached-blonde defensive midfielder is known for his take out the legs and ask questions later attitude. He peaked back in 2000 when he was an integral part of River Plate's early millennium success.
Most recently he's been a journeyman, last year spending the season with MLS debutantes Philadelphia Union.
One thing's for sure, his hair will continue to be bleached. Just kidding, expect to see some hardcore River supporters out there, and many other Argentines. Coudet played for a total of 5 Argentinean clubs including River Plate, San Lorenzo, Rosario Central, Platense and Colon.
Not a star signing by any means, but should be fun to watch as he throws elbows, goes into tackles with both feet and yells at the referees constantly.
Monday, March 28, 2011
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers unveiled their new logo this weekend and in doing so murdered the past history of the logo.
OK, that maybe a little harsh, but it's hard to see the similarities between this new venture and the classic logo from years past.
The new logo, designed by a veteran sports branding group, can explain each aspect of the logo, but it might take some time for this Striker Liker to swallow.
What do you think?
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Just for a day, but who says we can't dream. As a follow up to yesterday's post, check out Sports Illustrated's gallery of the Strikers v. Tennis Stars charity match to raise funds for Japan aide.
Click here to view the gallery
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tonight at Ranson Everglades High School, just a stone's throw away from Key Biscayne, the Strikers will take on the bulk of the men's Sony Ericsson draw in a charity match. Tennis stars Rafa Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic will suit up and show our beloved Strikers how good they can play with their feet.
If you're in the vicinity, please give a helping hand. Support your Strikers, see some stars and give Japan the aide in deserves.
Friday, March 18, 2011
We are so close to the opening day for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, so to continue the buildup we here at Striker Likers have decided to unleash the Dream Team. If we could sign whoever we want from the current slate of soccer stars, this is what we'd come up with. It's a fantasy, so don't hate.
Goalkeeper - Tim Howard. This selection needs to no real reasoning. Timmy is a beast and the world knows it. He's got the passion, he's got the talent and he's got the experience. He'd also make the Strikers tradition of great goalkeeping proud.
Although Striker lore denotes great goalies such as Gordon Banks and Jan van Beveren, Tim Howard wouldn't be the first American to play between the Striker pipes. He'd join fellow statesiders Arnie Mausser and Tony Meola. Goalkeeping is a tradition here in Fort Lauderdale. Who would you choose as your dream shotblocker?
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
News reports today state that Fulham FC will be putting up a statue of Michael Jackson just outside Craven Cottage, Fulham's stadium.
Nothing to do with the Strikers here, but I love Michael Jackson as much as I love the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, so there.
Also, for any fans of soccer nostalgia, check out this wickedly awesome music video for the 1990 US Men's National Team right before they headed off the World Cup in Italy.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The Sun-Sentinel has been so kind as to start a little prize giveaway running through March 28, 2011. Three prizes will be awarded, it seems all including free season tickets to the inaugural Fort Lauderdale Strikers season.
All you have to do is login and say who your favorite soccer player is. It's that simple. No points will be awarded for randomness of player. I'm thinking about putting Marcelo Carrera, forward of the ASL/APSL Championship Winning Striker side of 1989. He also was my Thomas Rongen Soccer Academy Coach. I play favorites.
Click here to enter.
Pictured above is a sleek season ticket option from Newcastle a few years back. Wonder what these Strikers will do?
Thursday, March 10, 2011
"Los Strikers"? Is it noche latina night in the NASL? We are so dying to find out what the team will wear that every time something like this comes along, I get overjoyed then confused.
With all the hoopla, we should be focusing on the team itself. Who are the guys that are actually going to fill the jerseys, score the goals, and rile up the crowd with bone-crunching tackles?
We are a month away from the start of the season, where's Goldberg?
On a sidenote, where can a Striker Liker score a sweet looking tie like this?
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Above you'll see Jagiellonia Bialystok, a Polish club sponsored by Joma. Nice similar colors, but the red shorts and gold socks aren't true Striker material.
A closer match might be Belgian side, KV Mechelen. Take a look back at this throwback pic, colors match perfectly, and we've got black shorts. Only problem is the hoops are going the wrong way. A little trivia, the guy in the middle front row, the captain, is tennis pro Kim Clijster's dad, Lei Clijster.
But back to the point, does anyone have a clue what we will see against Edmonton? We're dying to know.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Hey Striker fans, how's about we get two new teams for the price of one! Rumor has it that the Washington Freedom will be relocating to Boca Raton and playing out their 2011 home schedule at FAU's soccer stadium (field with one bleacher stand).
Apparently the team's controlling interest was purchased by Palm County resident and magicJack inventor Dan Borislow. Currently the team has been renamed magicJack Washington Freedom. Kinda weird if they'll be playing in Boca. What they should do is team up with the Strikers, double headers will attract more fans.
The Freedom have some firepower and some big names, their roster includes US Women's National Team standouts Abby Wambach, Shannon Boxx, Lindsay Tarpley and Hope Solo.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
It's extremely understandable that after this weekend's strong showing against Red Bull New York, Striker fans around the globe are in mass hysteria, parading their hometown streets as if we'd won the FIFA Club World Cup by beating Barcelona 5-0.
Low and behold this find gem recently available on ebay. It's a match-worn, 1981 Elías Figueroa adidas Striker away jersey and it's up for sale for approximately $1,624.87! Yes, the price is true. Chile's best ever player and a member of FIFA's top 125 of all time played for the Strikers and his shirt is going for a butt load.
This may be an attempt to play off the popularity of the Chilean Miners, who brave souls as they were, escaped their living tombs in full hooligan style, waving Chilean flags and chanting, "Chi, Chi, Chi, Le, Le, Le".
Anybody wanna post a grand plus for this piece of history?
Friday, February 25, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
According to Red Bull New York's website, their preseason schedules includes a stop right here in sunny Fort Lauderdale. Apparently they got here yesterday.
A scrimmage of sorts is set for Wednesday against the Chicago Fire, but surprisingly enough a Saturday date is slotted against Miami FC. I guess Red Bull New York hasn't gotten the memo yet, we're the Fort Lauderdale Strikers now.
Any news on this, who is going, where is it and when do I show up?
I'd rather be playing the Cosmos but they don't have a team, just a bunch of celebrities sitting on thrones.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Here it is folks. It's a moment the Striker Liker here has been dreaming of for a long time. It almost seems surreal. For almost 20 years we've been without the good ole Strikers and now, here they are.
Gotta give it up to the Supporters who made it out to Fort Lauderdale beach at 5pm to attend the press extravaganza and provide killer photos (see them here).
Let the cavalcade of Striker paraphernalia begin. I need shirts, jerseys, warm ups, bags, posters, keychains, stickers, you name it!
Don't have tickets yet, what are you waiting for?
By the way, discussions on the new logo can commence as well, anyone bummed that the sun burst is gone? or that Strikers is spelled in block and not the bubbly cursive we are accustomed to?
Sidenote: Where else can I get a free shirt?
Friday, February 11, 2011
So soon it will be official. But what will the name be? Just Strikers. Fort Lauderdale Strikers? South Florida Strikers? Miami FC/Strikers? Can someone tell me what's going on?
If you ask me, I vote for Fort Lauderdale Strikers. I just looks right, know what I'm saying? I'm just going to write Fort Lauderdale Strikers a few more times because it makes feel so good seeing it. I wonder if a new Fort Lauderdale Strikers logo will be unveiled and Fort Lauderdale Strikers uniforms.
I'm getting giddy, but I like it. Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Aside from big drums, horns, screaming fans, scarves and few huge flags; Striker Likers this year have to up the ante and create some attention for themselves. Take a look at what Swiss Club FC Zurich pulled out last week.
Full on Gene Simmons with movable tongue. Pretty classy. How's about we create some freaky optical illusions to play with opponents minds?
Let's get creative, any ideas?
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Join the Ultras this Saturday, February 5th at 12pm at the Hollywood Ale House to finally creep out of your winter slumber and get back into soccer fanaticism shape.
Have you been bummed since the World Cup? Premier League action not enough to keep you going? Well the time has finally come to get out those flags, horns, drums and face paint and get geared up for a local pro soccer season.
It's time to start planning supporters rallies, road trips, opening day craziness and somehow someway getting an MLS team in South Florida.
Besides the Miami FC/Strikers season, we've got Gold Cup matches and even Barcelona versus AC Milan in the summer. Excited yet!
The Hollywood Ale House is located at 3215 Oakwood Blvd., Hollywood, FL 33020 (it's the same plaza as Home Depot, you know, where Six Flags Atlantis used to be).
See you there!
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
I told you they'd come, and here they here. In the same place where only a week ago hundreds of hopefulls gathered for a chance to make the new Striker squad, league cellar dwellars DC United started their pre season training in front of Fort Lauderdale Stadium.
Maybe some Striker Likers should make it out and show the MLS what's up. Can we get a Strikers vs. DC United scrimmage game? Or just a bunch of guys in Strikers shirts playing against DC United, that would be cool too.
Monday, January 31, 2011
So Hotshot is going around town promoting the Strikers in an adidas branded Striker jersey. Is this a sign to come? If so, I've just died and gone to heaven. Order me the entire team set.
But on a serious tip, when do we see uniforms, warm ups, etc? It's time to start the build up.
The Strikers are back! (please drop the Miami FC part)
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Well, it's out there, the 2011 Striker Schedule. Read a few posts back and I would have never believed this day would come. But what's the deal with the Miami FC/Strikers name? Are we not going all in and making it the Fort Lauderdale Strikers? The Miami FC/Strikers is retarded, pardon the euphemism, I could call it something worse.
In any case, it's pro soccer and it's right here in our back yard. Unfortunately, there is no 9/9 scheduled affair. 9/9 marks the anniversary of the Strikers lone championship victory back in 1989. That weekend the Strikers will be on their way to Edmonton. So party at the Hard Rock to celebrate on Friday night? Who's with me.
Here's the full schedule, all home games to be played at Lockhart Stadium:
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
The MLS Preseason that is. DC United, with new coach Ben Olsen, will be the first MLS team this year to come to the sunny confines of South Florida.
From February 1-12, the Stars from the Nation's Capital will begin their training in Fort Lauderdale, FL, to erase last season's forgettable string of performances and dead last finish.
Wait a minute, I just had a dream: who needs a new MLS team? Maybe DC can move down here. That would combine my two favorite things; soccer and Volkswagen.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I don't want to hear it anymore. I don't care who bought the New York Cosmos and how good friends they are with David Beckham. I don't care about Pele and Eric Cantona. I don't care. I don't care. I just don't care.
If the MLS adds a second New York City team, whether it be the Cosmos or not, all it means is that we should should create our own professional league and be done with it. Oh wait, that's what the NASL is.