Mulroy departs NASL runner-up Ft. Lauderdale Strikers

Tommy Mulroy, the longtime soccer promoter, is out as the president of the NASL Ft. Lauderdale Strikers following the sale of the club by Traffic USA to Brazilian owners.

He had announced via his Facebook page that he "will no longer be running the Fort Lauderdale Strikers due to the difference in core philosophy with the new Brazilian Striker team ownership. Therefore, we have mutually decided to go our own ways."

Mulroy, who played in the NASL and worked for years to promote soccer nationally and in South Florida via the  Copa Latina, thanked Austrian head coach Gunter Kronsteiner for his work leading the Strikers to the 2014 Soccer Bowl, where they lost to San Antonio, with what he said were "certainly the lowest budget and the least amount of resources in the league."

Kronsteiner, who arrived in the middle of the 2013 season, won't return, according to Mulroy, though there has been no announcement from the Strikers about coaching plans for 2015.

In a statement issued two days after the Soccer Bowl final, the Strikers' Brazilian owners announced they had "officially assumed ownership of the club." The group also parted ways with vice president of marketing and communications Leo Sarmiento and tournament director Danny Prenat.

Managing partner Ricardo Geromel and co-managing partner Madison Stanford have made Fort Lauderdale their home as they lay groundwork for the transition.
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