Miami F.C. attracts Caribbean soccer talent

Author  Staff reports
Onandi Lowe
Onandi Lowe
A new professional soccer team has been formed in Miami and Caribbean players are looking to make a mark on the fledgling club. Miami F.C., a franchise of the United Soccer Leagues (USL), has reportedly attracted the services of several Caribbean players, the most prominent being Jamaica’s Onandi Lowe, a veteran of Jamaica’s successful World Cup 1998 campaign.

Lowe, a highly rated utility player, who excels as a striker, is trying to overcome off-the-field setbacks to a once promising career. Last year Lowe was freed of drug trafficking charges in England, but he reportedly lost out on lucrative playing opportunities due to the cloud surrounding his court case.

He was signed by Miami F.C. on a 10-month loan contract from Jamaican club Portmore United. Although the final roster for Miami F.C.’s 2006 season had not been announced up to press time, at least two other Caribbean players were reportedly in contention four places in the squad.

They are Sean Fraser, a former junior national player for Jamaica, and Haiti’s Stephane Guillaume. Both may get the chance to prove their worth against familiar faces this month when Miami F.C. faces Caribbean champions Portmore United in a pre-season exhibition at 4 p.m. April 16 at Tropical Park in Miami.

Lowe’s former teammates are eager to match up with him. “It’s going to be a good test,” said Portmore’s coach Paul Young. “‘Nandi Lowe is a quality striker. I’m sure the (Portmore) players will welcome (the challenge) and he will welcome it as well.” Lowe and the rest of the Miami F.C. squad were recently in Brazil for a training camp.