Miami United have benefited from good fortune so far in the 2018 season. In fairness to the club, the fortune seems to be a direct correlation to their approach in the matches. United will head west on Interstate-75 today to do battle with Naples United FC, in a match that carries a similar “tune-up” mentality to the victory over Storm FC prior to their 3rd round cup fixture.
Naples United FC find themselves sitting sixth out of seven in the 2018 NPSL Sunshine Conference table having played three matches. Despite dropping a match to Miami United earlier this season, Naples bounced back comfortably earning a victory against Palm Beach United in their next fixture with three goals in the final give minutes. Their fortunes would turn against Boca as they would drop their next fixture bringing the team to a 1-0-2 record.
Miami United come into the match leading the conference in games played (6) and points (11). United have had to endure a lengthy break in play as their May 27th fixture against the Jacksonville Armada was rescheduled due to the torrential rain that South Florida experienced over Memorial Day weekend. While the layoff was undoubtedly welcomed, it possibly allowed for some rust to develop. United can use tonight’s match as a warm up and a fitness test for what lies ahead in the U.S. Open Cup.
Keys For A Miami United Victory:
While everyone is quick to note that United’s attack is similar to a supercharged sports car, it’s the defense that has gone under the radar. In their six league matches, United (3-2-1) have only allowed four goals (two coming while playing with 9 men against Palm Beach United). Occenat Peterson and Bryan Martin have been nothing short of spectacular as both keepers have provided results for Miami United throughout the 2018 campaign.
If their defense hasn’t been strong enough, United has recently announced the addition of James Marcelin (Ft. Lauderdale Strikers) to the club. Marcelin will bring a menacing presence to the heart of the defense and provide an aerial threat on set pieces near their opponent’s goal. Tonight’s match will surely be welcomed by United’s attacking quintet. Gorobsov, Granitto, Ochoa, Pelae, and Privitera will all be looking for minutes to get their legs underneath them in a match where the Naples defense should prove no contest.
Naples United 0 – 5 Miami United