The Fort Lauderdale Strikers is a professional soccer team based in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Founded in 2006, the team plays in the North American Soccer League, one of two leagues forming the second tier of the game in the USA. From 2006 to 2010, the Strikers were known as Miami FC and based in Miami, FL.
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers launched their Joma 2012 kit earlier this week. According to the club’s website:
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers unveiled their all-new primary and alternate uniforms on Thursday night at Duffy’s Sports Grill in front of more than 200 fans. Strikers Captain Abe Thompson, defender Toni Stahl and goalkeeper David Martin modeled the new uniforms made by Joma, the official team uniform supplier.
Strikers head coach Daryl Shore introduced the players before they unveiled the uniforms. Each reveal was met with cheers from the crowd in attendance.
“The uniform of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers is both historic and iconic,” said Tommy Knapp, Strikers Commercial Director. “The red and yellow hoops are a part soccer history, not only here in South Florida, but around the world. When our fans wear their Strikers jerseys, whether at a Duffy’s Watch Party or playing soccer with their friends, they will be instantly recognizable by anyone in South Florida.”
The new jerseys have been redesigned and are completely unique to the Strikers. The alternate jersey demonstrates a departure from the mainly white alternate uniform from last season. The shirt is a modern take on the classic Strikers hoops. The main color is Strikers Gold with thin horizontal pinstripes in Striker Red. The Strikers accent color of charcoal grey is found on the collar and repeated on the hem of the sleeves along with red.
A new feature this season is the secondary logo, known as the ligature, embroidered on the back of the jersey. The ligature logo is made up of a large “S” with a script “FTL” inside it. All jerseys this season will bear the NASL logo patch on the sleeve.
The Strikers primary jersey’s design is intended to draw a direct line to the original jerseys worn by Strikers legends Ray Hudson, Nene Cubillas, Gerd Muller, and more. Design queues shared with those original uniforms include the wide red and yellow alternating hoops and the Charcoal grey collar and sleeve hems. Like the alternate jersey, this jersey also features an embroidered ligature on the back.
The Strikers continue their preseason schedule this Sunday, Mar. 18th, when they play a friendly match against the Canadian Olympic team at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Sunrise at 3:00p.m. The game is free and open to the public.
Photo Credits: Fort Lauderdale Strikers / Rosa Cavalcanti