We’ve mentioned on plenty of our previews that Miami FC is this offensive juggernaut. Most of the times we are sure that you are reading this thinking if we’re just crazy because it’s yet to happen. It finally happened for Miami on Wednesday night in their match against Storm FC. It just so happens that we didn’t write a preview for this match.
Sometimes we discuss spells of possession as “it was all Miami”. Perhaps that term has never been more fitting than in respect to Wednesday’s match. It was ALL Miami. The scoring nearly started 15 seconds into the match, when Kris Tyrpak got on the end of a long ball down the left hand side but his touch would elude him from getting a shot at an empty net.
In the ninth minute Jaime Chavez would bring Miami even closer to opening the scoring, his chipped effort over Storm FC keeper Tebar would clang off the left post keeping Miami scoreless. Chavez would not be denied, about eleven minutes later Chavez would get a feed from Ariel Martinez and get around a charging Tebar to open Miami’s scoring. In the 28th minute, Chavez would strike again with a blast that beat Tebar to the near side. On the assist was Tomas Greco, who made his debut for Miami FC, sliding a crafty throughball down the heart of the Storm defense.
Tyrpak may have missed his mark early in the match, however another crafty pass from Tyler Polak would allow Tyrpak to freeze the keeper and put Miami’s third goal on the board. Miami would have countless more opportunities throughout the first half but Tebar would either come up huge or get some help from the assistant referee, who habitually judged the Miami FC forwards off-sides.
Paul Dalglish made wholesale changes at the half as Rhett Bernstein, Jeffrey Michaud, Don Smart, and Shawn Chin would enter the match for the second half. A three-goal lead would be plenty to allow for some experimentation in the line up and for some of the Miami FC subs to get meaningful minutes in a league match. Storm FC would get some of the better chances in the early parts of the second half, but Miami’s defense corps would be too tough to crack. Jeffrey Michaud and Dylan Mares would enter the match in the 60th minute allowing Tyler Ruthven and Ariel Martinez some well-earned rest.
In the 73rd minute, Don Smart would be the beneficiary of a horrendous giveaway by the Storm FC defense. The ball would land at his feet on the edge of the penalty area and after a few steps would blast it into the upper corner beating Tebar. Smart would continue to wreak havoc on the Storm defense, as Miami would earn a penalty in the 79th minute. Despite Tebar’s best efforts to get in Smart’s head, the ball would be slotted perfectly in the lower right corner bringing Miami’s lead to five.
Miami would continue to be relentless in their pressure of the storm defense causing a multitude of turnovers that would lead to more Miami chances. In the 90th minute, Miami would catch the Storm defense napping after a quick restart in play. Smart would beat the Storm backline and force Tebar to come in his direction. With a “smart” move to pick up his head, Smart would find Dario Suarez on the edge of the six yard box and his sliding effort would find twine for Miami’s sixth of the night.
The match would come to an end moments after Dylan Mares joined the mix. Storm tried to play an offside trap that failed miserably allowing Miami to break on Storm’s net in a 3-on-0 situation. Suarez would opt not to find the back of the net for his second but leave it for Dylan Mares who found the empty net closing the match at a score line of seven to nil.
Miami’s offensive explosion comes at the perfect time. It will be another quick turn around the Blues (2-3-0) as they travel up I-95 on Saturday to take on Boca Raton FC at Atlantic High School. Miami will look to remain undefeated and take a firm grasp on the second spot on the table.