Miami Fusion FC 2000
2000 Club by Club
The Miami Fusion managed to maintain many of its key players such as promising goalie Nick Rimando, Jay Heaps and Diego Serna for the 2000 season, as Ivo Wortmann built around an already successful core. Jim Rooney and Martin Machon solidified the midfield providing 20 assists between them as Serna was given every opportunity to light the MLS on fire.
And the Colombian didn’t disappoint. Averaging a goal every other game, scoring 16 times in 32 games, to be the joint-third highest scorer in the league. The Fusion finished third in the Eastern conference, yet failed to qualify for the postseason after finishing two points out of the playoff spots in ninth overall.
However the South Florida club had a hugely successful season in the US open cup, but lost narrowly to the Chicago Fire 2-1 in the final at Soldier Field. Welton and Serna had 11 goals between them in the cup run, with Welton bagging six and leading the scoring charts.
Serna posted five game-winning goals in 2000, while youngster Pablo Mastroeni played a team-high 2,662 minutes. A rising star was also found in third-round Super Draft pick Nick Rimando, who had a very impressive goals against average of 1.84.
Despite not making the postseason, a big change would occur for the better as Englishman Ray Hudson joined as head coach. Hudson would oversee some big changes that would propel the Fusion forward at the end of the season, and especially in the 2001 MLS campaign.