Miami FC to be Renamed Fort Lauderdale Strikers Today
Miami FC will hold a press conference today to officially rename the team to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. The new name may be one of the worst kept secrets ever as the web site and NASL officials have been calling the team the “Strikers” for several months. However, it was unclear what form of that name the team would have because the naming rights for “Fort Lauderdale Strikers” was already held. Evidently a deal has been struck because the team will officially be renamed Fort Lauderdale Strikers later today.
According to the NASL press release there will be numerous luminaries from local government and the Strikers players past and present at the event. The ceremony will be open to the public as the new club name and club colors will be revealed. The secondary ligature will also be displayed for the first time.
In January, NASL CEO Aaron Davidson told IMS that Rich Levy had been secured to design the new logo. Levy, of 343RLP+ creative Group, formerly served as the Creative Director for Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing.
“Rich has been hired to assist us in our efforts to relaunch the NASL brand in all respects,” explained Davidson. “He’s also helping us with our Fort Lauderdale Strikers relaunch.”
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers were originally launched with the old NASL from 1977-1983. They formed again in 1988-1994 playing under the American Soccer League and played under the USISL from 1994-1997.
The Miami FC Blues are owned by Traffic Sports USA and were founded in 2006, playing with the USL. In 2010 they played with the USSF D2 Pro League and moved the team to Lockhart Stadium, the home of the original Strikers.
Notable players who have previously played for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers are: Gordon Banks, George Best, Ellias Figueroa, Ian Callaghan, and Ray Hudson, who also served as coach.
Miami FC have also had notable players spend time with their club including Romário, Zinho, Mario Rafael Rodríguez and Christian Gómez.