- $28 for two tickets to see the Fort Lauderdale Strikers take on Indy Eleven (a $50 value)
- When: Saturday, September 20, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Lockhart Stadium
- Seating: Sideline reserved
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
The Scouting Report
After signing with the Strikers in March, midfielder Fafà Picault scored his first goal against Indy Eleven on April 26—and hasn’t stopped scoring since. The Strikers won that April date against Indy 3-2, and Picault has scored seven additional times to pace the team’s offensive attack this season.
Picault’s efforts have helped make the Strikers one of the NASL’s most consistent teams this season: with 25 points through 18 games, they currently sit in fourth place in the league standings. Picault and the Strikers have also scored the third-most goals in the NASL, making them a bigger nuisance for opposing keepers than goalie gloves filled with fire ants.
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.