Central Florida SC v Miami FC: Previewing The Match

The Miami FC return to central Florida for an official match for the first time since 2017

It’s been a long, long, time since the Miami FC played an official match in central Florida. The Orlando area has always treated Miami quite well on the pitch. I don’t have to remind you of the 2017 #cupset over Orlando City behind the hat trick from Stefano Pinho. Those days are long gone, but the Miami FC are in fine form and look to keep racking up the wins in the 407 over NPSL Sunshine Conference newcomers CFSC.

Success hasn’t come easy to the new squad from Winter Park. In their first two matches of NPSL play they have been outscored 9-1. With a defeat to Naples United to start the year, it was not great timing to run into the buzz-saw that is Miami United. Alessandro Mazzetta, formerly of Naples United, has the lone goal for Central Florida this season.

Keys To A Miami FC Victory

Sometimes the write-ups just write themselves. Other times, we have to sit here and really analyze the structure in play of the opponent while trying to predict the tactics that manager Paul Dalglish will deploy to give you the most accurate analysis. In this conference there are just times where, much like the Storm FC match, you know the thrashing is coming. 

Lloyd Sam Looks To Pounce Against Jax U-23
Lloyd Sam Looks To Pounce Against Jax U-23, Photo Courtesy Of The Jacksonville Armada

Just to show how staggering the difference is between the level of Miami FC and their opponents so far this season, Miami has taken 41 shots while opponents have only gotten off 5. In Miami FC’s previous two contests they have amassed a scoreline of 17-0 with both Mark Pais and Lionel Brown earning clean sheets for the orange and blue. It would be extremely hard to bet against Miami conceding their third NPSL goal of the season in this match.

Mohamed Thiaw has awoken and led the Miami FC front line in finding the back of the net. Often deployed as the lone striker in the middle, Thiaw has found the back of the net five times in the past two games. Ariel Martinez is back and fully fit from injury which means he is likely to start in the midfield which only adds to Miami’s attacking potency.

Prediction

In what is likely to be a very one-sided affair, it’s important for the players to continue to improve and lock down their chemistry as a squad. This is the perfect match for Lloyd Sam and Harrison Heath to get more comfortable with their teammates and really begin to find their gear in the 2019 campaign as we get closer to the playoffs. The betting odds haven’t been published at time of writing, yet if you’re seeking to wager, smash Miami FC to score four or more goals in this contest. 

Central Florida SC 0 – 6 Miami FC

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