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Fort Lauderdale Strikers (1977–83)

Updated: 2017-07-30T23:57Z
Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Full nameFort Lauderdale Strikers
(Previously Miami Toros)
(rebranded as Minnesota Strikers)

Lockhart Stadium
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

West Palm Beach Auditorium
(indoor 1979–80)
West Palm Beach, Florida

Hollywood Sportatorium
(indoor 1980–81)
Pembroke Pines, Florida
Ground Capacity20,450/15,532 (indoor)
OwnerUnited States Elizabeth Robbie
LeagueNorth American Soccer League

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers were an American soccer team, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They played in the North American Soccer League (NASL) from 1977 to 1983. They played their home games at Lockhart Stadium.

The franchise was founded as the Washington Darts in 1967 and moved to the Miami metropolitan area in 1972, where they were known as the Miami Gatos (1972) and the Miami Toros (1973–1976) before moving to Fort Lauderdale. In addition to their time in the NASL outdoor league, the Strikers also played two NASL indoor seasons in 1979–80 and 1980–81,[1] and competed in the 1983 NASL Grand Prix of Indoor Soccer tournament. They were owned by Miami Dolphins owner Joe Robbie and his wife Elizabeth Robbie. In 1984 they relocated to Minnesota as the Minnesota Strikers. Their first ever game was actually an indoor exhibition match with their cross-state rival the Tampa Bay Rowdies on February 27, 1977[2]


After the 1983 season, the Strikers were moved to Minnesota and became the Minnesota Strikers. That club survived the end of the NASL by joining the Major Indoor Soccer League in 1984, but did eventually fold in 1988.


YearRecordRegular Season FinishPlayoffsAvg. Attend.
197719–71st, Eastern Division, American ConferenceDivisional Playoff8,148
197816–143rd, Eastern Division, American ConferenceAmerican Conference Finals10,479
1979 indoor0–24th, Budweiser Invitational[3]n/a
197917–132nd, Eastern Division, American ConferenceAmerican Conference Quarterfinals13,774
1979–80 indoor3–94th, Eastern Divisionn/a2,069
198018–142nd, Eastern Division, American ConferenceRunners-up14,360
1980–81 indoor1–174th, Eastern Divisionn/a1,699
198118–142nd, Southern DivisionSemifinals13,345
198218–141st, Southern DivisionSemifinals12,345
1983 indoor2–84th, Indoor Grand Prixn/a
198314–162nd, Southern DivisionQuarterfinals10,823


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