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A look back: Ron Newman’s half-year with the Miami Americans

Ron Newman was the co-owner and manager of the short-lived Miami Americans. Graphic by Matthew Bunch.

It was a blip on the radar of one of the most significant careers in American soccer history. But Ron Newman, who passed away Monday at age 82, had an active six months with the Miami Americans in 1980. His time in the Magic City is instructive in how far the sport has gone, but also reminds us that if the history of the game in the United States doesn’t repeat itself, it tends to rhyme.

Ron Newman, legendary Miami Americans, Fort Lauderdale Strikers manager dead at 82

Fort Lauderdale Strikers coach Ron Newman welcomes the Peruvian Teofilo Cubillas at a press conference in Miami in March 1979. Photograph via Kathy Willens/AP

Legendary American soccer manager Ron Newman, best known as the coach of the dynastic San Diego Sockers of indoor soccer but remembered in South Florida as the manager of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the original North American Soccer League and the short-lived leader of the Miami Americans, died Monday morning. The news was first reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune.