Miami Fusion

First Game Played March 20, 1998 Last Game Played October 17, 2001
Logo 1998-2001
Alternate Logo 1998-2001

1998: In front of a national television audience on March 20, the Fusion played their inaugural game as host to DC United and dropped a 2-0 decision. The Fusion picked up Colombian star Carlos Valderrama shortly after that. As the team struggled midway through the season, coach Carlos Cordoba stepped down and was replaced by Ivo Wortmann. Under Wortmann, the Fusion would improve and make the playoffs with a record of 15-17. In the playoffs, the Fusion would easily be swept by DC United.

1999: Similar to their previous year, the Fusion would struggle out of the gate before catching fir in the middle of the summer. In the end, the Fusion would make the playoffs again with a less than impressive 13-19 record. Again, the Fusion would easily be swept by DC United.

2000: In Ivo Wortmann’s final season as coach, the Fusion would do better than the previous year, but miss the playoffs with a record of 12-15-5.

2001: New head coach Ray Hudson would bring a spark to the Fusion as they would dominate the league and sit in first place in the entire league for much of the season. After the September 11 attacks wiped out the final two weeks of the season, the Fusion claimed the Supporter’s Shield with a record of 16-5-5. In the playoffs, the club would dispatch the defending champion Kansas City Wizards in three games, 6 points to 3 for their first playoff series win. The next round would see the Fusion give the San Jose Earthquakes all they could handle before falling to a Troy Dayak overtime goal in a series tiebreaker, Little did anyone realize this would be the Fusion’s final game ever. In December, rumors began to fly that the Fusion and the Tampa Bay Mutiny would become disbanded. That would become reality on January 8, 2002. After only four years as a team, the Fusion ceased operations because of low attendance and a bad stadium deal.

Colors


Blue Gold

Coaches

Carlos Cordoba 1998 Ivo Wortmann 1998-2000 Ray Hudson 2000-2001

Stadiums


Lockhart Stadium 1998-2001

Champions

MLS Cup Champions:
None
MLS Cup Appearances:
None
Supporter’s Shield Winner
2001
Semi-Finals Appearances
2001
Conference Champions
2001
Playoff Appearances
1998, 1999, 2001

All-Star Games Hosted

  • None

All-Star Game MVP

None

AWARDS

Coach of the Year:
None
Rookie of the Year:
1999 Jay Heaps M
Scoring Champion:
2001 Alex Pineda Chacon F
Goalkeeper of the Year:
None
Defender of the Year:
None
MVP:
2001 Alex Pineda Chacon F

MLS Cup MVP:

None

Best Season

2001 (16-5-5; 53 points)

Worst Season

1999 (13-19; 29 points)

©MMXIII Tank Productions. Stats researched by Stephen Mulvoy, all information, and team names are property of Major League Soccer. This site is not affiliated with the Miami Fusion or the MLS. This site is maintained for research purposes only. All logos used on this page were from Chris Creamer’s Sports Logos Page.
Page created on July 14, 2004. Last updated on March 3, 2013 at 1:30 am ET.

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