Daniel Townsend, a senior at Robert Morgan Educational Center won for his mascot creation "Hotshot", a flaming Sonic-the-Hedgehog-like character.In 2009, the team to Fort Lauderdale to play out of Lockhart Stadium.
In summer 2010, Miami FC announced its intention to 'pay homage' to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the former NASL by incorporating 'Strikers' into the team name from 2011.
They rebranded themselves the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on February 17, 2011, and joined the newly established North American Soccer League.
Tim Robbie, son of original Strikers owner Joe Robbie, was named president of the Strikers ahead of the inaugural season.
In their first season as the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, the club reached the 2011 NASL Championship Series, losing 3–1 on aggregate to the NSC Minnesota Stars (now Minnesota United FC).
This only lasted one year as the team changed names again, becoming the Florida Strikers before the 1996 season. After Major League Soccer side Miami Fusion were folded in 2001, professional soccer returned to South Florida in the form of a United Soccer Leagues team in 2006 when Traffic Sports USA founded Miami FC.
The club made headlines when former World Cup winners Romario and Zinho signed for the team.
The team was known as Miami FC from 2006 until 2011 before re-branding as the Strikers in 2011.
They have a fierce in-state rivalry with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
During this period the Strikers enjoyed great success, finishing first in the division in their first four years in the league, including a National Championship in the 1989 season, the only major trophy the Strikers have won to date. In 1994, the team began play in the United States Interregional Soccer League as the Fort Lauderdale Kicks.
The next year, with the folding of the American Professional Soccer League Strikers, the Kicks took the name Fort Lauderdale Strikers for themselves.
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers are an American professional soccer team based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.