In Chapter VI: "Let me set the record straight" current International Communications rep with Major League Soccer (MLS) / Soccer United Marketing (SUM) and former PR rep/Jack of all trades/"PT Barnum of Soccer" Gabe Gabor takes us deep into the 'unbelievable" aspects of all things Miami Fusion!
Gabe shares a few different unbelievable stories in this episode which include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. KC dollar night
2. Lockhart construction workers sleepover!
3. Picking up Carlos Valderrama (and entourage) at the airport
4. Almost not hiring iconic Ray Hudson to do commentary for the Fusion
5. Additional details from that memorable "Saginaw, Michigan" US Open Cup game
6. Accidentally getting the first Miami Fusion coach fired?
It's a truly incredible episode, and we cannot thank Gabe enough for sharing his stories with us.
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.