What haven’t we seen from the Strikers this season? From reinvigorated ownership sending two teams to China to the sale of their best player to the Rowdies, to the pickup of Amauri, to a move to a new grounds, to a dismal attendance of 455 people, this club has been full of up and downs.
And, according to Pedro Heizer, more downs could be on the way.
Following a tweet from Bob Williams of The Telegraph indicating a potential sale of the team, Neil Morris interviewed Heizer, a Strikers beat reporter for the Sun Sentinel, on The Inverted Triangle Podcast, asking him about the situation with the South Florida club.
“The ownership group has been trying to sell this team since May,” Heizer stated. Allegedly, one of the groups they tried to sell to was the ownership group of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, something TICC had learned independently. The group has apparently declined. Towards the end of the interview, he revealed that a team official had told him just minutes before his interview with the podcast that the Rowdies were a group that had shown interest in making the purchase.
“A team official did say that Tampa reached out to us, the ownership group in Tampa, that they did want to purchase the team,” Heizer said.
The reporter also stated that the money they paid to buy the team for is not the club’s worth now, due in part to all the money they owe.
Heizer reported receiving messages from several of the players after they had failed to be paid on time again, reportedly the fourth or fifth time this had happened. FiftyFive.one has reported on several other instances previously.
And they’re not the only ones who are owed money by the club according to the reporter who stated that there is a long list of people they need to pay, including other members of the staff and vendors.
Despite this, the club also reportedly sent an email from Managing Director Luis Cuccatti stating that despite the payroll hiccup, nothing was over.
“You’re not getting paid on time, but we haven’t given up on you,” the correspondence was said to include.
The situation could be even more dire as another piece entered the equation, a potential NASL takeover.
“Early this week, on Labor Day, I heard that by next week or the week after that, the league might actually step in and take over the team,” Heizer said. “From what my sources tell me, the league is building a case against the ownership group.”
“The league might pull a Rochester Rhinos situation and take over the team for a while before selling to someone else.”
While the league did run the Silverbacks for some time before the club left the NASL, this would be in stark contrast to a proposed takeover of a club that has had many questions surrounding it this year.