Xtratime Community banner

1 - 3 of 3 Posts

·
Second Place Winner, December 2011 Photo Contest
Joined
·
94,478 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Miami Soccer Series set to help attract big names:drool:

Wed, Apr. 16, 2008

BY MICHELLE KAUFMAN
[email protected]


Promising to bring South Florida soccer fans ''a real big wow,'' the Miami-Dade Sports Commission announced Tuesday the launch of the Miami Soccer Series, a five-year initiative that seeks to attract major international matches and tournaments to Dolphin Stadium.

Among the teams they are wooing for exhibitions are the national teams of Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Italy and Germany, as well as marquee club teams such as Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus and AC Milan. They also will bid on the FIFA Club World Cup, which includes the winning club teams from six continents, and the European Super Cup, the annual season curtain-raiser between the winners of the Champions League and the UEFA Cup.

Miami-Dade also would like to hold official matches from South America's Copa Libertadores.

With the help of Guillermo Tofoni, a FIFA match agent and promoter, the commission is targeting Feb. 11, 2009, as the date for its debut exhibition match. That date is designated as an official FIFA match date, which means club teams worldwide are required to release players to their national teams for 48 hours in order to play friendly matches.

Tokyo had been a popular host for international friendlies and cup matches, but Tofoni said Miami appeals to FIFA because of its location and time zone. The goal is to lure seven to eight matches a year to Dolphin Stadium.

The new FIU football stadium also could be used as a secondary venue.

''We don't have to sell Miami as a venue because South Americans love it here, and are very familiar with it, and Europeans also love to vacation here,'' Tofoni said.

Commissioner Jose ''Pepe'' Diaz stressed the project will be funded by sponsors, television revenue and ticket sales. ``We are an international city, and the most popular sport in the world is soccer, so it belongs here.''

Marquee soccer matches in South Florida is not a new idea. The Orange Bowl and Lockhart Stadium have held plenty of big matches over the years, including 1996 Olympic matches; Gold Cup matches; Haitian national team matches; Argentina vs. Germany in 1993 (35,221 fans); River Plate vs. Boca Juniors in 2002 (18,000 fans); and Colombia vs. Argentina in 2004 (32,415 fans).

:thmbup:
 

·
Second Place Winner, December 2011 Photo Contest
Joined
·
94,478 Posts
Discussion Starter #2
The 2008 Season for Miami FC Blues

Zinho’s continued presence with the club may already be showing dividends on the player acquisition side with the addition of former Venezuelan First Division champion Juan Pablo Galavis (midfielder/forward), a pair of Brazilian attacking midfielders Caue da Mata and Leandro de Souza and Brazilian striker Alex Afonso, a top five leading scorer in the First Division Sao Paulo Championship – the nation’s top regional league.

In a league in which retaining a core group of players from year to year has proven to be a critical component in team chemistry and club success on the field, Miami has developed a nice group of three-year players in Stephane Guillaume, John Pulido, Walter Ramirez and JP Rodrigues that is led by Sean Fraser. Also returning from last year are second leading scorer Eric Vasquez and Sean Cameron.

The First Five

Based on last year’s results, Miami opens the season primarily against mid-table opposition and has only one road trip. The Blues host the Charleston Battery, who finished 10th last year, on April 12 and then face third-place finishers Montreal a week later. They hit the road the following week for two matches in Puerto Rico against the Islanders, who finished sixth last year, before returning home to take on the second-year Carolina RailHawks, who edged Miami out for the eighth and final playoff berth last year.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,182 Posts
I can't see football going back to Miami, unless the community embraces the game.
They will build a ball park for a baseball team that is a farm team for the rest of the league.

Joe Robbie Stadium is already equiped to support "real football", but it's the home of the throwball Dolphins. The Orange Bowl is slated to be raised, so will the rebuild it to support football?

Without a dedicated park to support soccer, I can't see the game returning to South Florida, JMHO.
 
1 - 3 of 3 Posts
Top