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 a conference championship may come down to a local derby between these two clubs: Miami United FC and Miami Fusion FC.
All good things must come to an end, and for The Miami FC, its 14-game unbeaten streak come to an end in Cary, N.C. on July 4, as North Carolina took advantage of miscommunication and grinded out a 1-0 victory.
Fernando Morientes, Gaizka Mendieta, Christian Karembeu and Fernando Sanz will be coming to Miami next week, as Spain-based Sports and Newspaper Diario AS USA will be hosting a forum about life in La Liga.
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.
A short roundup of coverage about Miami soccer:
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.
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.
The North American soccer league confirmed this morning that San Diego County has been granted and expansion club and will begin play in the Spring season of 2018.
In a topsy-turvy match, The Miami FC overcame an early deficit then and withstood 35 minutes of playing down a man after a red card was issued to Kwadwo Poku to beat the New York Cosmos 2-1 and come even closer to the NASL spring championship.
In a significant blow to The Miami FC, Robert Baggio Kcira posted on Instagram on Friday afternoon that he sustained an injury that would keep him off the field for the remainder of 2017.