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Miami-Dade County has some new soccer stars. The Miami Elite youth soccer team returned home from South Africa on October 5 after placing 6th in the Danone Nations Cup. This international youth soccer tournament featured teams from 40 countries. Miami Elite landed at Miami International Airport and received a warm welcome from Vice-Chairman Jose “Pepe” Diaz and MIA staff, complete with a water cannon salute and a sign in the terminal where family and friends were waiting.
The Strikers defender joins the Reggae Boyz for three friendly international games. The Fort Lauderdale Strikers announced today defender Lance Laing has joined the National Senior Team of Jamaica as they prepare to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The team is scheduled to play three international friendly games against the national teams of Guyana (May 18) and Panama (May 27 and June 1) in the next three weeks. "It’s a big opportunity to represent myself, my club and my country," said Laing.
Beginning in June 2012, the USTA Florida Jr. State Closed Championships will henceforth be known as the USTA Florida Bobby Curtis Junior State Championships, named after the man who has grown to embody junior tennis in Florida. "In December I learned the [USTA Florida] Junior Council had voted to name the Jr. State Closed singles and doubles after me, and [USTA Florida Executive Director] Doug Booth announced it at the annual meeting, and I almost fell over my feet," Curtis said. "It was pretty neat, and it's a real honor for me."
Central Broward Regional Park and Stadium is the venue for the Digicel 2012 West Indies vs. New Zealand Cricket Series with two historic Twenty20 matches on June 30 through July 1. The event is expected to draw an estimated 16,000 spectators from around the world. “Eight hundred hotel nights have already been booked and tickets aren’t available for sale yet,” said Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness. “This will also bring tremendous live worldwide coverage and exposure to Broward County. We’re working to stimulate the economy in Central Broward by including the participation of the county, businesses and civic leaders.”
Miami FC moves one step closer to kick-starting a new era of professional soccer in South Florida by announcing today the promotion of Assistant Coach, Victor Pastora, to the position of Head Coach for the 2010 season. Pastora replaces Crizam Cézar de Oliveira Filho, best known as “Zinho”.Pastora, 34, has been an assistant coach since the formation of the club. He has had experience as an interim Head Coach with Miami FC, taking over in August 2007 for then-coach Chiquinho de Assis. He also served as the director of coaching for Kendall Soccer Coalition and has a United States Soccer Federation “A” Coaching License.