Fort Lauderdale Strikers (1977–1983)
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The Fort Lauderdale Strikers were an American soccer team, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They played in the North American Soccer League (NASL) from 1977 to 1983. They played their home games at Lockhart Stadium.
|Full name||Fort Lauderdale Strikers|
(Previously Miami Toros)
(rebranded as Minnesota Strikers)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida Hollywood Sportatorium
Pembroke Pines, Florida
|League||North American Soccer League|
The franchise was founded as the Washington Darts in 1967 and moved to the Miami metropolitan area in 1972, where they were known as the Miami Gatos (1972) and the Miami Toros (1973–1976) before moving to Fort Lauderdale. In addition to their time in the NASL outdoor league, the Strikers also played two NASL indoor seasons in 1979–80 and 1980–81, and competed in the 1983 NASL Grand Prix of Indoor Soccer tournament. They were owned by Miami Dolphins owner Joe Robbie and his wife Elizabeth Robbie. In 1984 they relocated to Minnesota as the Minnesota Strikers. Their first ever game was an indoor exhibition match with their cross-state rival the Tampa Bay Rowdies on February 27, 1977
After the 1983 season, the Strikers were moved to Minnesota and became the Minnesota Strikers. That club survived the end of the NASL by joining the Major Indoor Soccer League in 1984, but did eventually fold in 1988.
|Year||Record||Regular Season Finish||Playoffs||Avg. Attend.|
|1977||19–7||1st, Eastern Division, American Conference||Divisional Playoff||8,148|
|1978||16–14||3rd, Eastern Division, American Conference||American Conference Finals||10,479|
|1979 indoor||0–2||4th, Budweiser Invitational||n/a|
|1979||17–13||2nd, Eastern Division, American Conference||American Conference Quarterfinals||13,774|
|1979–80 indoor||3–9||4th, Eastern Division||n/a||2,069|
|1980||18–14||2nd, Eastern Division, American Conference||Runners-up||14,360|
|1980–81 indoor||1–17||4th, Eastern Division||n/a||1,699|
|1981||18–14||2nd, Southern Division||Semifinals||13,345|
|1982||18–14||1st, Southern Division||Semifinals||12,345|
|1983 indoor||2–8||4th, Indoor Grand Prix||n/a|
|1983||14–16||2nd, Southern Division||Quarterfinals||10,823|
Regular Season Titles
Coach of the Year
U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame
Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame
Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame
All-Star First Team Selections
All-Star Second Team Selections
All-Star Honorable Mentions
- Fort Lauderdale Strikers (2006–2016) competing in the NASL
- Fort Lauderdale Strikers (1994–1997)
- Fort Lauderdale Strikers (1988–1994)
- Fort Lauderdale Sun Division 2 team of the short-lived USL (1984–85)
- Miami Fusion Now defunct MLS team (1997–2001)
- Miami Toros
- Minnesota Strikers
- Fort Lauderdale–Tampa Bay rivalry
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