Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Stars claim Minnesota's second title
by Paul Kennedy, October 30th, 2011 12:54AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[NASL] Mother Nature worked against the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers in Saturday’s second leg of the NASL final. The heavy rains kept away thousands of fans anticipated to make it one of the largest crowds in recent memory for a soccer game at Lockhart Stadium. And the bad weather made it difficult for the Strikers to generate much offense, which meant the 0-0 tie gave the NSC Minnesota Stars a 3-1 victory on aggregate and the 2011 NASL title.

The crowd was announced at 6,849 and impressed Ray Hudson, who starred on original Strikers in the old NASL.

"When we played our first game here in this stadium," he told the Sun-Sentinel, "[it] was probably in front of a crowd less than this. That was the start of the Strikers rolling."

The Stars had won, 3-1, in Blaine a week earlier with three well-taken goals and sat back and defended their lead.

The Stars, owned by the NASL, also drew new support in a soccer town that dates back to the days of the NASL.

The baseball Twins, football Vikings and hockey Wild purchased 1,000 tickets to help the Stars draw more than 4,000 fans for the first leg at the National Soccer Stadium.

The Stars arrived in 2009, following the demise of the Thunder, who won Minnesota's only soccer title in 1999 when it was crowned the A-League champion.

The Thunder's coach was Buzz Lagos. Hs son, Manny Lagos, coached the Stars to the 2011 NASL championship.



0 comments
  1. Simon Provan
    commented on: October 31, 2011 at 11:52 a.m.
    I didn't realize how the other sports teams helped out. That is pretty awesome. And this, folks, is the reason that soccer folk need to stop hating on other sports. Yeah, we soccer people have taken many a punches over the years, but we don't have to stoop to that level. Good on you Minnesota sports teams...and this from a Wisconsin guy. :)


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
A back-heel sombrero from Greek boy     
[VIDEO PICK: Skills] Greek youth soccer, in a game between AO Ioannina and Agia Eleousa, delivers ...
What They're Saying: Jose Mourinho    
"Obviously they must be very sad with the result but when we lose against a team ...
Report: W-League champion Pali Blues are folding    
The LA Blues won W-League titles as the Pali Blues in 2009, 2009 and 2013 and ...
The Messi files: Eight amazing scoring records    
Lionel Messi holds all the single-season scoring records. Now, he is cleaning up on the all-time ...
Mulroy departs NASL runner-up Ft. Lauderdale Strikers    
Tommy Mulroy, the longtime soccer promoter, is out as the president of the NASL Ft. Lauderdale ...
Business Reporter: adidas to open store in Orlando stadium    
MLS sponsor adidas will operate the league's first in-stadium store starting in 2016 with the opening ...
Three takeaways from Manchester City-Bayern Munich     
The Champions League actually includes runners-up and third- and fourth-place finishers, but this Group E game ...
Marshall becomes first three-time top MLS defender    
In his first season with the Seattle Sounders, Chad Marshall has been named the MLS Defender ...
Copa America: Brazil and Colombia will meet again    
Brazil and Colombia, which faced each other in a hotly contested quarterfinal match at the 2014 ...
Referees grab the spotlight in MLS playoffs    
If the goal of a referee is to go unnoticed, the two referees in Sunday's MLS ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives