History

Miami Fusion FC

1998 - 2001

Nicknames: Fusion

Trophies

MLS Supporters' Shield 2001

Stadium: Lockhart Stadium

Miami Fusion FC were an MLS team that competed from 1998-2001 before they were removed by the league along with fellow Florida side Tampa Bay Mutiny.

Lockhart stadium, located in nearby Ft. Lauderdale, was redeveloped to be a soccer-specific stadium and was ready for Miami to call home when they joined MLS.

Miami wore predominately blue shirts with yellow trim and their logo was an oval shape with sun rays being the main focus, due to the franchises location in a tropical climate. The color scheme was kept on the club badge as the outline was blue, with the team name emblazoned across the sun rays in the middle of the oval in yellow and black.

South Florida’s team had major success in their short time as a franchise, particular in their last year of existence. In 2001 they clinched their one and only trophy, the MLS Supporters’ shield.

The Fusion were also littered with top talent from across the globe as Englishmen Ian Bishop and Ian Woan starred, as did Columbian Diego Serna and Honduran Alex Pineda Chacon. The latter scored 19 goals in 25 games for Miami and took the MLS golden boot for the 2001 season in the process.

Miami made the playoff three out of their four years and played some attractive attacking soccer, before leaving MLS in 2001.

Notable Players

  • Ian Bishop
  • Alex Pineda Chacon
  • Ian Woan
  • Carlos Valderrama
  • Tyrone Marshall
  • Welton
  • Paulinho McLaren
  • Diego Serna
  • Eric Wynalda
  • Jim Rooney
  • Roy Lassiter
  • Pablo Mastroeni
  • Jay Heaps
  • Leo Cullen
  • Jeff Cassar
  • Nick Rimando
  • Preki
  • Henry Gutierrez
  • Marcelo Herrera
  • Scott Budnick

Notable Coaches

  • Carlos Car, 1998
  • Ivo Wortman, 1998-2000
  • Ray Hudson, 2000-2001

1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001