Said co-chairman Joel Glazer: “His hard-working style and steely determination are characteristics we value at the club. He has impressed as a coach for many years now, and we strongly believe he will be able to take up from where Alex is leaving off by continuing this club’s tradition of flair football played by exciting, world class players.”
• Peruvian Cinderella: The best story in the Copa Libertadores this year is Real Garcilaso, a four-year-old Peruvian club that reached the quarterfinals with a shocking win on aggregate over Nacional of Uruguay.
Garcilaso, named after a famous Peruvian historian and writer, was founded in 2009 by a group of former students who wanted to add a team in the southeastern city of Cusco. The first year, the club’s roster consisted of mostly 17- and 18-year-olds. The next year, it earned a spot in Copa Peru and was the league runner-up, qualifying for the Copa Libertadores. Now, the team is in the Libertadores final eight. How can you not root for this team?
• Box office: Germany and Ecuador, both ranked in the top 10 in the FIFA world rankings, will play a friendly May 29 at FAU Stadium. Tickets are available through the school box office.
Spain plays Haiti on June 8 at Sun Life Stadium in a friendly that will serve as the Spanish national team’s preparation for the Confederations Cup in Brazil later that month. Spain will be bringing its full “A” roster, including many stars from Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Tickets start at $29 and a limited number of VIP field seats will be made available. All ticketholders will be invited to watch practice at the stadium the day before the match. Fans can purchase tickets at www.sunlifestadium.com and www.ticketmaster.com or by calling the stadium box office at (305) 943-8000.
On June 23, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers play Brazilian club Cruzeiro at Lockhart Stadium.