- 22 years ago the world came to a screeching halt.
- 9/11/01 not only impacted the United States, it had an impact on the entire world.
- All active sports leagues, including MLS, suspended play while everyone tried to come to grips with what was happening, in real-time, all around us.
In this special bonus episode of the podcast, Al Rooney shares his perspective of being around the Miami Fusion when these events unfolded in real-time and discusses what he noticed most about this special soccer team. Namely, that they were "a team full of leaders".
Al also spends some time discussing the eldest Rooney sibling who helped with the initial clean-up of NY and how his health diminished very rapidly after the fact.
As we continue to move further and further away from these specific dates in time, it's important to take time to remember the moment.
We hope you enjoy the episode.
** 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
GRAB YOUR TICKETS AT THE LINK BELOW!
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.