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Matthew Bunch

Matthew Bunch has lived in Miami since 2005, covering a variety of collegiate and professional sports. As Editor in Chief of The Miami Hurricanes, the student newspaper of the University of Miami, Matthew and his staff won the paper's first ACP Pacemaker Award since 1992. With the return of professional soccer to Miami-Dade County in 2016, Matthew channeled his professional interest with his personal passion for the Beautiful Game. You can contact Matthew at bunch.mcs@gmail.com.

Florida youth programs announce “Florida Academy League” for U12 competition; Kendall SC, Inter Miami CF reportedly included

A number of youth programs from the state of Florida announced the formation of the "Florida Academy League" last Friday. Via Florida Academy League.

Fourteen youth programs throughout the state of Florida are planning to form the “Florida Academy League” for U12 boys competition, according to coordinated statements released last week. Programs that confirmed their participation include local names Kendall SC and The Miami FC’s NPSL foe, Jacksonville Armada. According to multiple statements, Major League Soccer sides Orlando City and Inter Miami CF will be including their U12 programs as well.

FXE Futbol, LLC presents vision for Lockhart Stadium renovation in town hall

FXE Futbol, LLC managing partner John P. Reynal addresses interested fans about his team's proposal to bring USL Championship football to a redeveloped Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. Photo by Lee Ifans.

FXE Futbol, LLC has a sell to make in the next few weeks. The ownership group needs to convince the City of Fort Lauderdale and its commissioners that its plan for soccer at Lockhart Stadium is better than one proposed by Inter Miami CF. Before closing the deal with the city, however, the group attepted to close the deal with fans and supporters of soccer in Broward County on Wednesday night.

Fernando Clavijo, National Soccer Hall of Fame member and former Miami FC director dead at 63

Fernando Clavijo reviews the Haitian National Team before its game at the Miami Orange Bowl in 2004. Via Associated Press.

Fernando Clavijo, a Uruguayan-born defender who rose to prominence in the United States as a player, manager and director, passed away Friday after a nearly five-year battle with multiple myeloma.

Fernando Clavijo came to the United States in 1979 to join the New York Apollo of the American Soccer League. He would stay in the U.S., eventually gaining American citizenship in 1987. That decision led to the unlikely role he played in the 1994 FIFA World Cup, where a 38-year-old Clavijo would start three of four games for the host Americans.

Clavijo’s coaching career began as a player-coach in 1991, but he would spend most of the rest of his life on the sidelines. His first journey to South Florida came in 1998, when he led the Florida ThunderCats of the National Professional Soccer League, an indoor team based at what is now the BB&T Center in Broward County.

He would spend time leading two Major League Soccer clubs (New England Revolution 2000-2002, Colorado Rapids 2005-2008) and one national team (Haiti 2003-2005).

After his stint with Colorado, he took a job with Traffic Sports USA, serving as the Director of Soccer for the company and for Miami FC, its entry into the United Soccer League.

From there, Clavijo became FC Dallas’ Technical Director. He remained in that position until his death in Fort Lauderdale on Friday.

Fort Lauderdale City Commission votes unanimously to accept proposals for Lockhart Stadium renovation

The City of Fort Lauderdale Commission voted Tuesday to begin accepting proposals for the renovation of Lockhart Stadium. Photo via City of Fort Lauderdale.

The Fort Lauderdale City Commission voted unanimously Tuesday evening to begin accepting proposals for the renovation of Lockhart Stadium and Fort Lauderdale Stadium. These proposals will include Inter Miami CF’s plan for its youth academy and USL team, as well as an independent USL bid revealed on Monday.

The resolution will start a 21-day window in which proposals could be submitted to the city. It is unknown whether other proposals will be submitted.

Per city rules, the 21-day window will start once the request for proposals is published in the South Florida Sun Sentinel and the Florida Administrative Register.

To watch video of the commission meeting, click above.