In Chapter V: "Fine, I'll score goals" the 2001 MLS Scoring Champion AND league MVP Alex Pineda Chacon shares his perspective participating as a key figure in that magical 2001 season for the Miami Fusion.
Alex shares his early interactions with Miami a few years before he finally came to the team, how he ended up playing in MLS, and why he begrudgingly accepted his role to 'score goals' when he was used to being the playmaker on the team, not the goalscorer.
It was an absolute delight to welcome this legend to the podcast, enjoy!
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.