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VIDEO: Relive how MLS’ last Miami side excelled in 2001, then got shut down - MLS Insider

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Following David Beckham and MLS’ announcement on Wednesday that a franchise will be back in Miami for the first-time since 2001, I just had to dig this out.

Of course the last time MLS had a team in South Florida, the Fusion folded after severe financial problems forced the league to cease operations in both Miami and Tampa Bay.

After watching this clip and seeing a trembling Ray Hudson break down on camera, there won’t be many dry eyes left out there.

This clip from MLS Insider, released back in September, details the remarkable 2001 season when the Miami Fusion dazzled MLS and won the Supporters’ Shield with the best overall record.

(MORE: How would Beckham’s MLS franchise in Miami be any different this time around?)

In that team they had the likes of Preki, Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman, Diego Serna and Alex Pineda Chacon who spearheaded an attack-minded assault on MLS and came out on top. The colorful and hugely loveable Hudson led them as manager, after switching the broadcasters booth for the dugout, and succeeded in galvanizing his team of talented individuals.

A trip around their old Lockhart Stadium, speaking to the fans, players and the people of Miami, this video gives a taste of the passion and commitment to soccer Beckham and his business partners can expect.

In truth the Fusion were right on the edge of breaking into the mainstream of sports in South Florida, before it was all taken away so abruptly at the turn of the millennium.

Here’s hoping it all turns out better this time in MIA.

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