In Chapter XIX: "Soccer has everything" Phil Schoen shares his perspective of both the Miami Fusion and the early days of MLS as a whole.
Phil had the unique perspective of calling MLS' first ever match 27 years ago in 1996 AND the Miami Fusion's first ever match 25 years ago in 1998!
Throughout the years, Phil has continued to broadcast MLS matches including the current Inter Miami season. Phil draws the line between where MLS was (contracting a club in Miami) to where MLS is now (fully backing an MLS club in Miami). He shares his perspective on Lionel Messi and how the Fusion laid the foundation for what Inter Miami is able to do today.
** Announcing the FIRST EVER #miamifusion reunion and live podcast recording of '25 for 25: The story of the Miami Fusion from those who lived it'. **
Mickey Byrnes Irish Pub in Hollywood, FL has been gracious enough to host us down at their venue on Friday, October 6 from 8-9:30pm ET
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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.