South Florida Soccer Alliance Report
Inaugural year bolstered by Italian First Division ties
Wednesday, July 17
SANFORD, FL – The story behind Florida Soccer Alliance, a new club playing in the Southeast Division of United Soccer Leagues Super Y-League, is of an alliance of four major South Florida clubs uniting for the advancement of youth soccer. The founding club members for the new South Florida Soccer Alliance (SFSA): Cutler Ridge Soccer Club, Miami Strike Force, Pinecrest Premier Soccer Club and the South Kendall Soccer Club have combined to establish one of the most formidable youth soccer clubs in the nation in terms of ability and development.
The United States Soccer Federation has stated that the most talented players in the country come from three regions: Southern California, Southern Texas and Southern Florida. For years, soccer clubs in South Florida have competed with one another in order to bring the best players and coaches to their clubs. While some of these clubs have been successful on a small scale, their continued competition on the national level has been somewhat disappointing. With this in mind, SFSA was created to pool the resources of South Florida and showcase our elite players at the club soccer level.
Emerging in the Super Y-League for the first time in 2007, SFSA is administered by representatives of existing soccer clubs pledging to support the formation of teams under the new umbrella club. Clubs that choose to participate in the alliance keep their core programs and continue to manage their own teams. They cooperate in pooling their resources to form stronger select teams under the new club.
This new “Alliance” will allow South Florida to further merge the talent available with the supervision of already established organizations. The goal will be to eventually field one select team for boys and girls, U13 through Super-20, to compete in USL based and various other competitions.
As with the players, SFSA will obtain licensed coaches from the community and from among those individuals already coaching at member clubs. SFSA will not have its own game fields. Instead, practices and games will be held at member club’s fields. The idea is to work within the cooperative and not compete with member clubs. Additional membership will be open to any existing soccer club in the South Florida area that supports the SFSA goals, dreams and ethics.
In Super Y-League competition this season, Florida Soccer Alliance has compiled a club record of 4-4-3. Their U15 boys have yet to begin their season. They open Sunday, July 29 while their U13 boys start their campaign Sunday, August 5.
“Our U16 team is doing very well,” said Executive Director of Miami Strike Force Daniel Prenat. “They are currently in tied for first position. That is impressive considering the fact that this team competed in the second division last season. It is important to mention the work and persistence of the coach Danny Vazquez. He has a long history of success.”
“Our U17 Strike Force-Cagliari is also tied for first position,” added Prenat. “They are doing well considering that out of the 22 player roster, 11 players are U15, four are U16 and only seven players are U17.”
The team is fully sponsored by Cagliari from Italy. The team will travel to Italy Saturday, August 4 through Monday, August 20 for the opportunity to train with the first division Italian side. This trip also allows an opportunity for the team to play several friendly matches against teams from the region of Cagliari.
“The partnership between Miami Strike Force and Cagliari allows many talented players from South Florida the opportunity to play without worry or consideration of fees,” said Prenat. “All they have to concentrate on is the love of the game.”