Miami FC announced today the signing of American forward, Abe Thompson. Thompson spent the last four years in the MLS, most recently with the Houston Dynamo. Terms of the signing were not disclosed.
"Abe is a special player. His pace, ability to finish and experience will take our front line to another level," said General Manager, Luiz Muzzi.
Thompson played for the University of Maryland scoring 43 goals and contributing 26 assists during his prolific college career. The two-time Herman Trophy semi-finalist was drafted in the second round in the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft. During his three years with FC Dallas he netted 14 goals, and proved to be a force for the Dallas offense.
Miami fans may remember Thompson from the two heart-wrenching goals he scored against the Blues in the third round of the 2008 US Open Cup. With Miami up 1-0, Thompson scored Dallas' tying goal in extra time of the first half and then the game winner in the 94th minute of the game, propelling Dallas to the quarter finals.
The Blues will continue their pre-season this week when they square off against Barry University in the Haiti Relief Kick Off, on Saturday, March 20th. Admission to the game requires a cash or soccer gear donation. Kickoff is set for 7pm at Barry University's Miami Shores campus.
Miami FC will open the 2010 season on Sunday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Lockhart Stadium against the visiting Rochester Rhinos.
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Over 140 soccer players came out on Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21 in hopes of earning a spot on Miami FC’s 2010 roster. Some traveled across oceans for the opportunity to play professional soccer in the United States. It was interesting to see how many people from different cultures and lifestyles came out in hopes of fulfilling their dreams of becoming professional soccer players. The event sort of mirrored the cultural landscape of Miami, a melting pot of people from varying backgrounds, all striving for the same goal, the same end. The intensifying interest also shows how fast the beautiful game is growing in the U.S. and in South Florida.