The NSC Minnesota Stars won the inaugural North American Soccer League title against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on a 3-1 aggregate following a 0-0 draw Saturday, Oct. 29, at Lockhart Stadium. The sixth seed in the NASL playoffs, the NSC Minnesota Stars defeated third seed FC Tampa Bay and the top seed Carolina RailHawks to reach the final.
The match tonight was tough for both teams. A rainstorm prior to the match caused the field to be very wet, making the ball tough to play with a simple touch or pass. Throughout the match, the Strikers pressed forward to get the two equalizing goals needed to send the match into extra time.
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers fell to the NSC Minnesota Stars in the first leg of the NASL Championship Series by a final of 3-1. The second leg of the series will take place at Lockhart Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 7:30p.m.
"It was a tough night for us from the start with giving up the goal in the fourth minute," said Strikers head coach Daryl Shore. "We know it's only halftime and we now come home knowing what we need to do. We're disappointed with the result, but know we have 90 minutes to play."
The Little Haiti Optimist Club will host their first ever Little Haiti Patriots Football Homecoming on Saturday, October 15, 2011 from 10 am ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ 5 pm with a half time presentation at 1:00 pm at the Little Haiti Soccer Park located at 6301 NE 2nd Avenue.
In just one year, Little Haiti Patriots has grown from one team to five football teams and now have four certified cheer squads. Currently, two of their football teams are in playoff contention in the Pop Warner Division II and have the potential of going to the Sean Taylor Super Bowl with hopes of Regional Plays.
"The first day of Fall matches for the 10 and Under Tennis league was a huge success," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator for the Miami area Cathy Nordlund. "The South-Dade USTA Jr. Team Tennis Local League Coordinator Cyndi Johnston brought in all the local teams to play at Tamiami on the new courts, and started matches at 10:30 a.m., finishing around 4:30 p.m. The parents loved the courts so much and the facility, it is very family friendly."