Audio: Historic cross-continent soccer tour begins next week in St Petersburg before heading to Orlando and points beyond

soccertourSteve Bernasconi, the longtime communications guru with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers (who also worked with me at the NASL in 2012 and 2013) is embarking on a historic cross-continent eight month journey to explore the sport and the culture around it. The tour is about soccer but so much more – the sport has attracted a unique set of fans in North America and any journey around the sport will be as much a cultural experience as it will be about soccer. Bernasconi has a unique perspective on soccer having worked in the game the last six years for a club that at first was successful but then fell into disrepute due largely to hubris and arrogance.

From the website for The Soccer Tour

 Beginning in February 2017, lifelong soccer fan Steven Bernasconi will embark on an eight month, 20,000 mile road trip across the continent to meet and interact with people closest to the sport.

Throughout the journey, he will film and produce a travelogue as well as create digital content that tells the stories of our continent’s clubs and the network of people that have built, and continue to grow, the World’s Game in our backyards

The Soccer Tour will be chronicled in episodic videos, photos, and blog posts across digital and social media. It’s the first of its kind, and a long time coming.

Earlier this week I sat down with Bernasconi to discuss his venture. The audio is below:

3 comments

  1. Maybe he can focus on this instead slandering the Strikers and making false allegations on Twitter. Same for you. Your articles were a disgrace. You know hard Luis Cuccatti was working on how honest he was with the employees and players. It didn’t work out but to state it might have been deceit is borderline libelous. Bernasconi claiming a player who was owed no money somehow is owed 30k is even worse.

    The media whether it is Pedro Heizer, the Minnesota guys, Michelle Kaufman and now former Strikers employees like Bernasconi and you have had an ax to grind. An anti-Strikers agenda. Is it racism against Brazilians? Maybe. That is a very likely motive even though Heizer is Brazilian his false reports over the summer and nonsense comments in the guardian were meant to benefit Boca Raton FC as are your recent articles. Your points about Bill Edwards who is a culprit in this situation leading Luis on and trying to destroy the club show once again you are a closeted Rowdies fan.

    Bernasconi leaving town is something all of those who care about the Strikers as a club and are not emotionally swayed by the crying wolf of some angry former players should rejoice about. Why don’t you move to Tampa while you are it.

    1. Maybe he can focus on this instead slandering the Strikers and making false allegations on Twitter. Same for you. Your articles were a disgrace. You know hard Luis Cuccatti was working on how honest he was with the employees and players. It didn’t work out but to state it might have been deceit is borderline libelous. Bernasconi claiming a player who was owed no money somehow is owed 30k is even worse.

      Luis Cuccatti or anyone else associated with the Strikers is invited to post a response unedited and without our commentary refuting the claims in my articles or anything Steven may have put on Twitter. I encourage him to correct the record if we have misreported things. Interestingly enough the critique of the articles I wrote tends to be that they were too soft, tried to shift blame to the USSF and NASL and omitted some of the most egregious things the Strikers did, so if you and others like you are angry you only have yourselves to blame.

      An anti-Strikers agenda. Is it racism against Brazilians? Maybe.

      You must be joking.

      Your points about Bill Edwards who is a culprit in this situation leading Luis on and trying to destroy the club show once again you are a closeted Rowdies fan.

      What if Bill Edwards had not come through with the $$$ to play the September 3 game – something as what we know he STILL hasn’t been repaid for doing? Would the game have happened? Likely not. What would have been the fallout? The team folds on the spot? NASL collapses? Edwards perhaps unintentionally saved NASL from major embarrassment yet the league continued to beat up on him (most recently what I suspect is a league employee using an alias posted articles about Edwards’ business practices on reddit). I’m not an Edwards fan personally but to call him a culprit in this is a major stretch of the imagination.

      You know hard Luis Cuccatti was working on how honest he was with the employees and players. It didn’t work out but to state it might have been deceit is borderline libelous.

      Speaking of hiding behind alias’ you are doing this (I don’t recall a Jeff near the Strikers situation in the last few years) and yet we are to believe you that even though Cuccatti repeatedly told employees things were fine and that there were lots of interested buyers and go on with your lives as normal, plan trips and weddings and buying homes, renting apartments, etc and none of his promises came to pass that it was all a misunderstanding and everything just “fell through” in an unlucky manner. I don’t want to be a sourpuss but privately I NEVER thought things were going to work out given how the owners had overvalued the brand and continued to misunderstand the market – I don’t think that’s on Cuccatti because he seems to get it better than the guys he works for, but nonetheless it takes a suspension of belief to think everything he was saying in hindsight was completely on the level – either it was deceit or just wild optimism. I’m willing to accept it was the later but even that isn’t great leadership when people made life-altering decisions based on his words.

    2. Jay "Yankiboy" Long · · Reply

      Jeff:

      Ok. You just got ridiculous with the “racism” charge. You completely undermined me being about to take anything that you said seriously.

      I don’t even live in the market but I’ve followed
      the league closely since its inception and have enough contacts to know that the last ownership group of the Strikers went from being incredibly ambitious to “smoke and mirrors”. They lost all credibility. And that had nothing to do with them being Brazilians.

      I live over 1,000 miles away and I was getting information from some very reliable sources that situation was getting worse by the day.

      I wonder: If they were Canadians (for example) would you be so shamelessly trying discredit people from sharing their perspective. Only you can answer that question. Or not. It’s up to you. Just call everyone involved a “racist”. It’s a lot lazier and easier than coming with a good argument.

      I wonder what your real “motive” is in there accusing someone for being a racist without sharing any sort of logical, intelligent reasoning to support your point.

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