In Chapter VIII: "Peacocks and double wides" current Atlanta United President and CEO and former Miami Fusion goalkeeper Garth Lagerwey shares his perspective playing for Miami back in 1999 & 2000.
Garth shares what it was like playing soccer in South Florida, what the atmosphere was like back then, how MLS has grown significantly since that time and how Doug Hamilton served as a mentor for Garth and helped lay the foundation for the fantastic executive career he's had to-date!
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.