Fort Lauderdale Sun

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Fort Lauderdale Sun was a U.S. soccer team which played two seasons in the United Soccer League. In 1983, the team was known as the Fort Lauderdale Sun, but in 1985, changed its name to the South Florida Sun.

Origins[edit]

The United Soccer League (USL) was formed after the second American Soccer League (ASL) folded in 1983. The ASL had served as the de facto U.S. second division for decades, but collapsed due to overexpansion and financial insolvency. The USL intended to avoid this fate by creating a lean, financially responsible league. In 1984, the league began play with nine teams in three regional divisions. The Fort Lauderdale Sun joined the Charlotte Gold and Jacksonville Tea Men in the Southern Division. Both of the Suns' opponents came to the USL from the ASL. Additionally, the Tea Men had played several seasons in the first division North American Soccer League until 1982. [1]

1984: Champions[edit]

The Suns gained a significant boost when it signed former Peruvian great Teófilo Cubillas. Cubillas joined several other NASL veterans on the Sun, giving the team one of the most talented rosters in the new league. This paid dividends as they played to a 15-9 record, scoring fifty-three goals and giving up only thirty-four. After making the playoffs, the Sun crushed the Buffalo Storm in the semi-finals, then defeated the Houston Dynamo to take the league title.

1985: League collapses[edit]

Despite the league's financial austerity, it lost most of its teams during the off season. Only four remained to begin the 1985 season, and the league folded after only six games. The Sun, renamed the South Florida Sun, led the league standings with a 4-2 record when the league collapsed.

Honors[edit]

Champion

  • 1985

Rookie of the Year

Top Goalkeeper

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Team Name Division League Reg. Season Playoffs National Cup
1984 Fort Lauderdale Sun 2 USL 1st, Southern Champions Did not enter
1985 South Florida Sun '2 USL 1st "N/A" Did not enter

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