Miami FC honored South Florida soccer legends with a Gala dinner in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, December 2, 2010. Several of the most notable Striker legends were in attendance discussing the future of the club as the team was reunited last night in celebrating the rebirth of the Strikers.
"It was an electric atmosphere! Hearing the stories, laughter and watching these legends of the game reconnect was special. It's what the return of the Strikers is all about - family and passion. We take great pride in perpetuating the Strikers legacy and look forward to writing the next chapter of this storied franchise with the full support of those who embodied the Strikers spirit in South Florida," said Commercial Director Tommy Knapp.
Some of the guests that attended the dinner included not only former Striker FC players, but also former Miami Fusion players and Miami FC/Traffic Sports front office executives. Some of the more notable legends in attendance included Teofilo Cubillas , Arnie Mausser, Branko Segota and Ian Bishop. The night included a presentation by the Miami FC front office that featured the plans for the franchise and the direction in which it is heading.
Miami FC announces the acquisition of Aaron Wheeler from FC Tampa Bay. The Blues also pick up options on the following players: Zach Kirby, Paulinho Le Petit, and Matt Glaeser.
Coach Daryl Shore stated, “We are happy to have Matt, Paulinho and Zach back for 2011. Matt showed in our last five games that he has a great presence in goal and we look forward to watching him grow as a goalkeeper for us. Paulinho is fast and versatile player, who we think will develop into a real dangerous weapon in this league. We are equally happy to have Zach back again as we continue to build our core group for 2011. Zach’s leadership abilities and his strong defensive play will be a key to our success next year,” .
Glaeser, who started for Miami FC during the last five games of the 2010 season, went undefeated in his time between the posts .
Kirby was a four-time Georgia state champion for the club soccer team United Red Quest and was a second-round draft pick in the 2007 MLS Supplementary Draft by the Los Angeles Galaxy. He has spent the last two seasons with The Blues and was named captain in the beginning of 2010 season.
Paulinho Le Petit returns to Miami FC after a promising rookie season. The versatile midfielder played 14 games for the Blues, and showing why he is one of the premiere young players in the NASL.
“We are excited to add Aaron to our roster for 2011 and believe he will fit into our group of forwards nicely. He gives us another target up top and we look forward to having him join us,” added Miami FC head coach Daryl Shore.
Wheeler, a Maryland native, led his high school to the 2005 Baltimore County championship title and was later named a two-time NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region First Team selection, as well as a three-time All-South Atlantic Conference First Team member.