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 PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 11:47 pm   
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According to a poster over at the Miami FC board at bigsoccer.com and some things my dad and I overheard at tonight's Miami FC game, Miami FC is partnering with FIU's cheerleading squad to help the team raise the money needed to keep the program going. The team will sell Blues tickets both on campus and in the community, and will keep a portion of the proceeds. Also, 15 members of the team will be Miami FC cheerleaders for the rest of the season.

This is the kind of thing I love to see. And it looks like everybody involved benefits from this. FIU Cheerleading gets to raise funds for the program and Miami FC gets a chance to boost its attendance (something it desperately needs to do). I hope more patnerships like this between Miami FC and FIU groups can be established!

Maybe a similar deal can be struck with our recently cut marching band, have a few of the members come along as a Miami FC Band of sorts, sort of play along with the Ultras and come up with songs, chants and stuff like that!

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 PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:49 am   
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I think the biggest thing that Miami FC would like to get from the FIU community would be a fan base. If the attendance continues to drop or even stays status quo they probably wont be playing at FIU long


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 PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 9:45 am   
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I agree... the announced attendance for the game yesterday was 405... that's pathetic. We should be stepping up for this team, but we haven't. It doesn't help that Miami FC doesn't market, but I don't think most of the FIU community knows they exist, let alone that they play at FIU Stadium every so often.

At this point, if anyone here hasn't gone to a game to give it a shot, I'm begging you to come to the game on Friday at 8 against first-place Portland. If you can, bring someone with you... this team needs it. They are trying to show that they want to help the FIU community, especially with what they are doing with the cheerleaders. The least we can do is show up for their games when they play in our stadium.

And if attendance doesn't rise soon, what do you think that does to our chances of getting an MLS team on campus? It sure doesn't help...

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 PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 11:57 am   
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Quite frankly, them and their fans really upset me when they were negotiating use of the stadium, talking about boycotting FIU and what not. They want an 18,000 seat stadium for 400 people and then are upset about the field turf? Let them play at the FIU Soccer stadium, it is much more suited to the size of their fan base and also has natural grass.


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 PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:34 pm   
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There between a rock and a hard place. On one hand they want to put on a first rate production in a first rate facility, to show they deserve to be looked upon as a legitimate pro team in a legitimate pro league. On the other hand they are counting every penny to determine if they can survive here. I am not much of a soccer fan, but i went to the opening game here against Montreal and they put on a good show. It wouldn't hurt if they won more


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To be fair FIUPantherFan, it was only a couple fans, if not a one poster posting multiple times, threatening to boycott FIU. Most of the fans that I have been in contact with have be kind and passionate fans of the team who love socer in Miami and want to see it succeed. There are a few detractors who don't like the FieldTurf, but my father and brother had a chance to talk to players and coaches and they say they prefer to play at FIU much more than at Lockhart. They WANT to be at FIU, despite the FieldTurf. This is their first chance to play in a good facility, since they were stuck playing at Tropical Park up until this year. They NEED a reliable fan base, and FIU can be that fan base.

And the team is finally showing signs of life now after a rough month of May. They are 4-1-1 in their past six matches and haven't lost a game at FIU this season (2-0-1). The problem is a lack of promotion and advertising on the part of the organization. They have relied on word of mouth through the fans mostly, and that hasn't gotten them much... Miami FC needs to find stability, and it would be a downright shame if FIU isn't the place to find it. WE are Miami's new go-to venue for soccer and we have to show that we can sustain a professional team here.

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 PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 6:30 pm   
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joel, was that you at the miami fc game on july 4th wearing an fiu sweatshirt?

i think we upset your gf or whoever by screaming that the puerto rican winger sucked every time he touched the ball...


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No that wasn't me. I think I was wearing a USA soccer jersey and was with a group of friends sitting behind people who were making fun of the Puerto Rican winger lol The easy way to spot me is to look for the guy with the cowbell, I always bring it!

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 PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:13 pm   
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Joel wrote:
To be fair FIUPantherFan, it was only a couple fans, if not a one poster posting multiple times, threatening to boycott FIU. Most of the fans that I have been in contact with have be kind and passionate fans of the team who love socer in Miami and want to see it succeed. There are a few detractors who don't like the FieldTurf, but my father and brother had a chance to talk to players and coaches and they say they prefer to play at FIU much more than at Lockhart. They WANT to be at FIU, despite the FieldTurf. This is their first chance to play in a good facility, since they were stuck playing at Tropical Park up until this year. They NEED a reliable fan base, and FIU can be that fan base.

And the team is finally showing signs of life now after a rough month of May. They are 4-1-1 in their past six matches and haven't lost a game at FIU this season (2-0-1). The problem is a lack of promotion and advertising on the part of the organization. They have relied on word of mouth through the fans mostly, and that hasn't gotten them much... Miami FC needs to find stability, and it would be a downright shame if FIU isn't the place to find it. WE are Miami's new go-to venue for soccer and we have to show that we can sustain a professional team here.


With all this talk of promotion and advertising I have to wonder, what kind of marketing and public relations operation do we have at the FIU Athletic Department?


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 PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:47 pm   
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JulesFIU07 wrote:
With all this talk of promotion and advertising I have to wonder, what kind of marketing and public relations operation do we have at the FIU Athletic Department?


I think both FIU and Miami FC can use a more aggressive approach to getting the word out in Miami...

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