Matthew Bunch

Matthew Bunch has lived in Miami since 2005, covering a variety of collegiate and professional sports. As Editor in Chief of The Miami Hurricanes, the student newspaper of the University of Miami, Matthew and his staff won the paper's first ACP Pacemaker Award since 1992. With the return of professional soccer to Miami-Dade County in 2016, Matthew channeled his professional interest with his personal passion for the Beautiful Game.

Matthew Bunch has lived in Miami since 2005, covering a variety of collegiate and professional sports. As Editor in Chief of The Miami Hurricanes, the student newspaper of the University of Miami, Matthew and his staff won the paper's first ACP Pacemaker Award since 1992. With the return of professional soccer to Miami-Dade County in 2016, Matthew channeled his professional interest with his personal passion for the Beautiful Game.

Miami FC steamrolls San Francisco Deltas 7-0, claims NASL Spring Championship

Fireworks are set off after The Miami FC claims the NASL Spring Season crown. Photo by Matthew Bunch.

It was over after 15 minutes. In a stunning display of dominance, The Miami FC scored three times against the San Francisco Deltas in 15 minutes Saturday night. After that, they didn’t let up and and won in a showing befitting a champion, 7-0.

The win clinched the NASL Spring Chanpionship for Miami FC, the first title for a professional soccer team in this city’s history.

NPSL Sunshine Conference may come down to Miami derby between Miami Fusion, Miami United

Miami United and Miami Fusion will square off for the NPSL Sunshine Conference title. Graphic by Matthew Bunch.

Much of the talk in the Miami-Dade County soccer world has been focused on The Miami FC of the North American Soccer League. Between its 14-game unbeaten run and its two victories in U.S. Open Cup competition against Major League Soccer opposition, it’s worth talking about. However, a boiling rivalry has formed in a lower division, and the NPSL Sunshine Conference championship may come down to a local derby between these two clubs: Miami United FC and Miami Fusion FC.

Miami FC continues magic run through Open Cup, eliminates Atlanta United

Riccardo Silva couldn’t have dreamed it when he first formed The Miami FC.

9,000-plus fans. A hot but beautiful night. Major League Soccer competition on the field against his squad. A back-and-forth affair keeping everyone in their seats until the final seconds, when a Miami FC player streamed toward goal and finished a one-on-one opportunity to send the club into the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals.

His, and many other, dreams were realized Wednesday night when Miami FC dispatched yet another Major League Soccer side from the U.S. Open Cup, this time toppling Atlanta United 3-2 with one of the best finishes a soccer fan could ever hope to see.

Miami Soccer in the News: June 28, 2017

Miami Soccer in the News

A short roundup of coverage about Miami soccer in the news:

THECUP.US: 2017 US Open Cup Round 4: Stefano Pinho’s hat trick earns TheCup.us Player of the Round

Pinho scored a hat trick in a 3-0 road upset of Orlando City SC (MLS) to become just the third Brazilian to win the award. The Player of the Round honor is voted on by the staff of TheCup.us and a select panel from the North American Soccer Reporters.

Neil W. Blackmon takes what could have been a press-release-style story and turns it into a really interesting look at Stéfano Pinho and his adjustment to change, specifically moving to a new part of the world and adapting to fatherhood.

Kwadwo Poku to play for Miami FC in Open Cup matchup against Atlanta United before call-up to Ghana national football team

Kwadwo Poku will play in a U.S. Open Cup matchup before joining the Ghana national team. Courtest The Miami FC.

In a satisfying resolution to some anxious fans of The Miami FC, midfielder Kwadwo Poku, who was announced in the Black Stars’ selection last week for two friendlies against Mexico (June 28) and the United States (July 1), will join the team after playing in Miami FC’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matchup against Atlanta United of Major League Soccer on Wednesday.