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Grant Wahl
June 12, 2000
Since jumping from the broadcast booth to the sidelines on May 8, Miami Fusion coach Ray Hudson has gone 3-2, ditched his interim label and brought new life to a moribund franchise. We spoke with the colorful English transplant, a former star with the NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
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June 12, 2000

Q & A

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Since jumping from the broadcast booth to the sidelines on May 8, Miami Fusion coach Ray Hudson has gone 3-2, ditched his interim label and brought new life to a moribund franchise. We spoke with the colorful English transplant, a former star with the NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

Q: So, are you still "higher than a hippie at Woodstock," as you said after your first win?

A: Higher and higher. I'm like a helium balloon drifting onward and upward. But it's these boys who have responded. Their hearts have been the size of pigs! Hercules wouldn't hold a candle to these guys!

Q: Tell me one of your favorite NASL stories.

A: One time we got a bag, filled it full of dog crap and put it in our coach's car, right under the passenger seat. This was not a popular coach [Eckhard Krautzun]. This was in South Florida, in the height of summer, and it wasn't until three or four days went by before he started to complain, "I have a funny smell in my car, but I don't know what it is." We were struggling to put our boots on because we were quaking with laughter.

Q: MLS needs more fun guys like you, Ray.

A: Soccer around the world is serious business, but it's still entertainment—it's live theater. Any wacko characters like me can only light the theater up.

Q: Sounds like none of your players in Miami will be putting dog crap in your car anytime soon.

A: I'm sure with this bunch of pirates, it won't be too long before they're pulling those sorts of pranks.

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