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Fort Lauderdale Strikers to Announce Davidson Stepping Down, Tim Robbie Takes Over

2011 March 8
by Brian Quarstad

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers will hold a press conference on Wednesday  to announce Tim Robbie will be taking over as president of the organization.

Aaron Davidson, who is also CEO of the North American Soccer League, has held the role of president since the inception of the club in 2006.

The stepping aside of Davidson could be seen as a delineation between his league work and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers team, formerly known as Miami FC. The USSF had been concerned with Traffic’s dual role as the owner of several teams and with their employees in charge of the provisionally sanctioned North American Soccer League.

It will also be a relief to Davidson who has been wearing numerous hats over the last several years and now will most likely focus on league growth and corporate sponsorships. The NASL CEO had told IMS in early January he had wanted to focus more attention on those two areas which he feels are his expertise.

Robbie is a member of the Strikers’ founding family and former GM of the club. His parents, Elizabeth Lyle Robbie and Joe Robbie were the former owners of the Miami Dolphins and the original owners of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers with the old NASL. Elizabeth brought the team to Minnesota in the 80’s to play indoor and was the first female owner of a professional sports franchise in the United States.

Robbie’s sister, Deborah Olson, is also heavily involved with soccer, supporting the University of Minnesota Golden Gopher women’s soccer program. With her financial support she was able to build Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium, one of the finest collegiate women’s soccer stadiums in the country. Olson attends nearly every Gophers home game.

Tim Robbie had initially been a critic of the new NASL for using the same name as the old league. But recently he got on board with the organization; so much so he flew to Las Vegas, Nevada in February to help lobby support for the NASL when the USSF had their AGM and decided the fate of the league. He was also a speaker at the recent unveiling of Miami FC’s renaming and rebranding to Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

7 Responses
  1. March 8, 2011

    Great news and great move by the Strikers organization. Things are looking good for the NASL. Now if only they could get the Cosmos to join =)

  2. Trevor permalink
    March 8, 2011

    Well, this moves takes care of all those people who have been saying this iteration of Strikers is in no way related to the Strikers of old.

  3. March 8, 2011

    Yeah this takes a lot of wind out of the sails of the idiots who bombard Uncle Ed’s blog with stupid comments dissing Traffic, Davidson and the Strikers.

    Great move. Can’t wait to see where the future takes this team.

    GO STRIKERS!

  4. William permalink
    March 9, 2011

    This is a good move. Allows Davidson to work on the league. Let’s see what he can develop.

  5. ERic permalink
    March 9, 2011

    This sounds like it could be an important, good move. The article gives us Tim Robbie’s familial pedigree. But what I’m wondering is, what’s his business experience? Because that’s the part that’s going to matter the most as far as him successfully running the Strikers.

  6. yankiboy permalink
    March 9, 2011

    Mr. Aaron Davidison has been laboring to make the NASL a reality. I also view this as good news because that sort of pace and stress could burn almost anyone out.

    This move appears to be better for him and better for the league.

  7. Lamar Vernon permalink
    March 10, 2011

    Tim is the best I wish there was some way I could help.

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