On this bonus episode of the podcast, host Joe Shaw was a guest on the Battered Herons show back on Wednesday, April 12.
Joe talked about his personal life, what initially made him such a soccer and MLS fan, what drew him to be a fan of the Miami Fusion, and why this podcast project means so much to him.
We cannot thank the Battered Herons enough for having Joe on the show, and if you want to keep up with Inter Miami this season please go follow the Battered Herons at https://www.youtube.com/@batteredherons
25 years ago, on March 15, 1998, the Miami Fusion kicked off their opening game in MLS' 3rd season, becoming one of the 2 expansion teams in this ever-growing professional league.
In 2001, despite putting together one of the best seasons in MLS history (at that point and arguably since), MLS made the decision to fold both the Fusion and their Florida neighbors, the MLS original franchise, Tampa Bay Mutiny.
While MLS soccer has returned to Miami in the form of David Beckham's Inter Miami, much has been discussed of "what could've been?" Had the Miami Fusion been allowed to stay and build. Indeed, what WOULD a Miami Fusion look like in 2023?
This podcast tells the story of the Miami Fusion through the voices of those who actually lived it. 25 interviews across 25 episodes charting the good, the bad, and the unbelievable.