Wednesday, July 19, 2017

This Is What I Do

Since I’ve recommitted to this blog in February I’ve been on a mission to get back into the game in some capacity. But not just any capacity. I don’t want to start a soccer camp and rip kids off. I don’t want to join a youth club and pretend to be a coach. I want to somehow be involved in a way that will influence a greater soccer good. What that greater good is, also, can be up for debate. I will start with this. I want to see the USMNT win the World Cup.

Why can’t this happen in my lifetime. I also want to have a top level professional soccer team in Fort Lauderdale (in the form of the Strikers of course). Why can’t that be a possibility?

We can discuss these goals later, for now, here is what I am up to and how I am going to try and make those 2 things happen:

1. The Striker Likers Blog

This is a place for my personal opinion. I’m not a journalist nor a historian. Just another crazy kid in love with soccer, in love with the idea of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and an American who wants to win. I hope I can connect a few folks to those concepts and bring people together to spread the word, talk about the game and continue its growth.

2. The Lauderdale Soccer Club

The club my parents started back in 1995 with a few youth teams still exists! Yes, we play in an affiliated league and can compete in the US Open Cup. According to US Soccer’s bizarre pyramid, we are considered a 4th division team. With that mentality in mind, my job will be to publicize our club, marketing our team, seek sponsors and one day, just maybe, the Lauderdale Soccer Club can be a pro outfit. Imagine, our own stadium, development teams, the works. I won’t get ahead of myself, we are still looking for our first sponsor.

3. Gold Coast Soccer Premier League

The league our team plays in is also a labour of love for our family. The Gold Coast has been around since the 1970’s and my parents keep it alive. It’s currently 7 teams strong in its summer session. It’s a legit league, taken seriously. Players are looking to make college teams, or they are college players looking to make PDL and semi-pro teams. It’s 4th division as they say.

So, that’s what I’m up to you. What are you up to?