Fort Lauderdale Strikers Vintage

USA flagTracing the lineage of some US soccer franchises can be a bewildering business. The Strikers started out life as the Washington Darts in 1967, then moved to the Miami metropolitan area in 1972 where they were known as the Miami Gatos (1972) and the Miami Toros (1973–1976). The club enjoyed its peak years based in Fort Lauderdale and playing in NASL between 1977 and 1983 before uprooting again, this time to Minnesota.

The Strikers attracted some big foreign names to the sunshine state, players like Gordon Banks, George Best, Teofilo Cubillas and Gerd Müller, but despite their star quality a defeat to New York Cosmos in the 1980 Final was the closest the club came to becoming Soccer Bowl champions. Above all else, we just love their throwback retro Partick Thistle strip, perhaps the greatest of all the NASL kits.

This collection of Vintage imagery is brought to you in association with Miles and his @TheSkyStrikers Twitter account.

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