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Miami Sol

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Leagues  WNBA
Home  Away
Head coach  Ron Rothstein
Conference  Eastern Conference
Dissolved  2002
Arena  American Airlines Arena
League  WNBA
Founded  2000

Team colors  Fiery Red, Yellow, Black, White
Location  Miami, Florida, United States

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The Miami Sol was a professional women's basketball team that was based in Miami, Florida and entered the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) in 2000. They played their games at American Airlines Arena as the sister team to the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team folded after the 2002 season because of financial problems.


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In their short history, the Miami Sol was coached for three seasons by Ron Rothstein. Players such as Debbie Black, Elena Baranova, Sandy Brondello, Ruth Riley, and Sheri Sam led them to the playoffs in 2001, but lost in the first round to the New York Liberty in three games, the only playoff appearance in franchise history. After losing to the New York Liberty in the playoffs, the Miami Sol finished the 2002 season with a 15-17 record. That season proved to be the Sol's last. Citing the inability to raise enough funds to continue operation under the WNBA's new restructuring agreement, the organization ceased operations. The team finished with a franchise record of 48 wins and 48 losses. The other Florida team, the Orlando Miracle, ceased operations after the 2002 season and was relocated to Connecticut as the Connecticut Sun, adopting a nickname and logo very similar to the Miami Sol.

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Since the folding of the Miami Sol, former members of the team have found success elsewhere. After being reassigned to the Detroit Shock, Ruth Riley won two WNBA championships in 2003 and 2006. Betty Lennox and Sandy Brondello won a WNBA championship with the Seattle Storm in 2004, with Lennox winning the WNBA Finals Most Valuable Player award.

Playoff history

2001 was Miami's only playoff appearance in three seasons of existence.


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The Sol's road uniforms were fiery red, with the team name emblazoned in white on the chest and a WNBA ball in place of the hole in the letter "O". The home jerseys featured the same design, only with the colors inverted.


The team's nickname, Sol, is Spanish and Portuguese for "sun". The name played off the Miami area's large Hispanic population and its "brother" NBA team, the Miami Heat.

Notable players

  • Marlies Askamp
  • Elena Baranova
  • Sandy Brondello
  • Katrina Colleton
  • Debbie Black
  • Milena Flores
  • Pollyanna Johns-Kimbrough
  • Betty Lennox
  • Carolyn Moos
  • Vanessa Nygaard
  • Kristen Rasmussen
  • Ruth Riley
  • Sheri Sam
  • Iziane Castro Marques
  • Coaches and others

    Head Coaches:

  • Ron Rothstein (2000–2002)
  • References

    Miami Sol Wikipedia

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