ENTERING THE HOLIDAY SEASON, THE FGCL CONTINUES IN SHAPE
On December 2nd, 2018 another round of the FGCL was played. The games were moved to the nice Aiello Field in Mullins Park, were spectators can safely and comfortably sit to watch the games.
Two games were played. The first one at 2 PM was between LSC and Lauderhill Juniors. The “homeless” from LSC defeated the young team from Lauderhill by a score of 4-0. The other game was between SE Elite Boca Predators and Himmarshee FC. The Boca team had to work very hard to defeat the strong but unlucky former Strikers U23 squad, who suffered the sent off a key player and played short most of the second half of the match. The final score was 2-0 in favor of SF Elite Boca Predators.
The FGCL will play games the next two weekends and then will be in recess for the end of the year Holidays.
THE HISTORY BEHIND THE HIMMARSHEE NAME
Everybody in the league wonders what is the meaning of the name of one of our teams. It is related to the new river that was formed after a strong earthquake in the 16th Century in what is now downtown Fort Lauderdale (“the Venice of America)
According to a 1921 Fort Lauderdale Sentinel article, local socialite E. N. Sperry concluded that the Indian name for the river which flows through the center of Fort Lauderdale was "Him-mar-shee." That was the “gringo” version of an Indian name. In the Miccosukee Seminole language, "Hi-maa-shi" means "new water".
Now we have the Himmarshee Canal, the Himmarshee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Himmarshee Historic District and the Himmarshee FC-- all named after Sperry's linguistic mistake.
WHY THE LSC NICKNAME IS "THE HOMELESS"
LSC was originally a youth club founded by the Meeroff’s family in the 1988. It was very successful under the coaching leadership of former Argentine national team and FT Strikers player Pedro Magallanes. During the SFUYSA early season in 1997 LSC U18 team went to play against a suburban team from a rich community. They were using expensive uniforms, had expensive soccer bags and acted like spoiled new riches. Pedro then said "Guys we are the homeless team, we do not have expensive stuff, but we play good soccer, lets teach them a lesson". LSC defeated the other team by an enormous difference. Later the same year the club took the U18 team to play a tournament in Orlando, and due to administrative errors no hotel accommodations were reserved for the duration of the event, so they had to sleep in the bus for the first night and finally they found a motel very far from the playing fields who accepted them for the next two nights. The manager of the hotel asked for the tean nickname, Pedro said “the homeless” and the manger put a big neon sign at the entrance "Welcome to the Homeless from Fort Lauderdale." From then on LSC is the "Homeless" The nice corollary of the adventure is that the “Homeless” U18 team won the tournament, with many goals scored by today’s LSC manager Diego Meeroff.