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. You can contact Matthew at bunch.mcs@gmail.com.

Magic City Soccer Episode 35: Losing streaks, whiskies of sadness and an EPL preview

Magic City Soccer podcast

It’s sad times around Miami-Dade County, as The Miami FC are out of the U.S. Open Cup and currently enduring a three-game losing streak. Matt and Omar break it down on Magic City Soccer. Plus, they look ahead to the 2017-2018 English Premier League season. Join us, won’t you?

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The Miami FC knocked out of U.S. Open Cup by sluggish performance against FC Cincinnati

The Miami FC faces FC Cincinnati at Riccardo Silva Stadium. Photo courtesy The Miami FC.

Three weeks ago, The Miami FC was the hottest club in North American soccer. Just coming off a 14-game unbeaten streak, the club defeated second-place San Francisco Deltas 7-0 to claim the NASL Spring Season title and had everything to look forward to in a matchup against FC Cincinnati in which it would be favored. Mother Nature intervened and forced a postponement to Aug. 2. Three weeks isn’t that long, right?

For Miami FC and its fans (10,415 of whom showed up Wednesday night — a club record), it feels like an eternity. The club is officially on a losing streak, capped off with the indignity of a 1-0 home shutout to Cincinnati and an ignoble exit from a memorable U.S. Open Cup run.

The Miami FC NASL Spring Season review: Midfield

The midfield of The Miami FC. Photographic by Matthew Bunch. Images courtesy The Miami FC.

The midfield has been The Miami FC’s best weapon this season. Not only can they provide extra bodies on defense in hectic situations, but they have been the key to allowing the forwards to counterattack quickly. Richie Ryan, Dylan Mares, and Michael Lahoud have all shined in the spring season playing different roles in the midfield. This unit has unlocked many of the answers against NASL and U.S. Open Cup opponents. Let’s take a look at the trio’s season so far and their best moments.

Miami Soccer in the News: July 22, 2017

Miami Soccer in the News
A short roundup of coverage about Miami soccer:

The11.ca: Trafford has become a key piece for the Miami FC juggernaut

And, in the midst of it all is Canadian Mason Trafford, who has been a regular starter with Miami FC since the team acquired him from the Ottawa Fury after the 2015 season. Trafford is a linchpin for the second-year franchise.

Steven Sandor, who is a color commentator for FC Edmonton and a writer at The11.ca, gives us a look at Mason Trafford, with a particular focus on his desire to play for the Canada men’s national soccer team.

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.