In much of the world, soccer is known as "football" and the American president is referred to as "The Ameriking." Embrace cultural differences without using your hands with today's Groupon: for $15, you get two general-admission tickets and two drink vouchers to a Fort Lauderdale Strikers soccer game (a $30 value). Choose from the following four games:
- Strikers vs. FC Tampa Bay on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m.
- Strikers vs. Montreal Impact on Saturday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m.
- Strikers vs. Puerto Rico Islanders on Saturday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m.
- Strikers vs. NSC Minnesota Stars on Saturday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Previously known as Miami FC, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers are a new crew of talented players and one of the only professional soccer squads that call Florida home. A member of the newly restructured North American Soccer League, the Strikers play at the 18,500-seat Lockhart Stadium, where they welcome a host of full-throated fútbol fanatics. Enjoy the fancy footwork of professional soccer players with two Saturday evening tickets ($10 each), and wash down the sight of bedeviling bicycle kicks with two vouchers ($5 each) for alcohol, soda, or water. Those who show up early can walk out onto the sideline before the game starts to judge the turf condition and ensuing synchronized-stretching routines.
2011 marks a new beginning for the Strikers. Watch as the current lineup tries to recreate the glory and hairstyles of the Strikers teams of years past. Forwards Aaron Wheeler and David Santamaria will be anchoring the attack, and Nic Platter and Matt Glaeser will vie for the starting goalkeeping spot.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers
The original Strikers were born in 1977, when the Miami Toros moved to Broward County. Donning their popular red-and-gold hooped uniforms, the team experienced instant success—so much so that Lockhart Stadium underwent two seating expansions to accommodate the club's rapidly growing fan base. During those years, a playoff game between the Strikers and New York Cosmos drew a crowd of 77,691, which still stands as the record for a U.S. Pro League soccer match and most people squished into a single soccer net.
Even with all their success, the Strikers relocated to Minnesota after the 1983 season. The team returned five years later, and for more than two decades, competed as part of several leagues. Finally, after a failed attempted to bring Major League Soccer to Miami, the Miami FC of the United Soccer League decided to officially adopt the Strikers moniker and move to the North American Soccer League for the 2011 season. The Strikers didn't waste any time announcing their rebirth, as they made the league's championship series that same season.