Omar Moubayed
Omar Moubayed

Omar Moubayed is an economist that has had a life long passion for the beautiful game. As an analyst and the social media coordinator for Magic City Soccer, Omar is a constant presence at all matches and serves as the primary liasion between Magic City Soccer and South Florida’s soccer clubs. He has also been the analyst of choice to discuss soccer in South Florida across several local sports shows/podcasts. You can contact Omar at moubayed.mcs@gmail.com.

The Miami FC NASL Spring Season review: Defense

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

The biggest question The Miami FC had to answer coming into the 2017 campaign was “Can this defense hold up?” Boy, have they ever held up their end of the bargain. After allowing 42 goals in 2016, the backline has found the chemistry necessary to shut opponents down. Through 16 league games, the boys at the back have only allowed 11 goals and have helped Mario Daniel Vega hold seven clean sheets. In an extra four games of U.S. Open Cup play, Miami has allowed five goals while keeping a clean sheet against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Let’s take a look at this part of the team’s season so far and their best moments.

Miami FC vs. FC Cincinnati: Previewing the Match

The Miami FC will host FC Cincinnati on Aug. 2. Graphic by Matthew Bunch. Logos courtesy The Miami FC and FC Cincinnati.

How many teams get a chance to continue their fantastic cup run after securing a playoff spot in their league? That answer has to be few to none (I know, I know European leagues don’t do playoffs). Miami’s unbeaten run of 14 games ended on the 4th of July to North Carolina FC in a game that lacked the proverbial fireworks that Miami put on Saturday against the San Francisco Deltas. If anything, it’s clear this team doesn’t appreciate getting hit in the mouth. On the heels of the 1-0 loss, Miami came home and obliterated the Deltas 7-0. Miami FC can continue their historic cup run tonight against an opponent in their same weight class, FC Cincinnati.

Miami FC vs. New York Cosmos: Previewing the Match

The Miami FC will travel to play the New York Cosmos. Graphic by Matthew Bunch.

It shouldn’t have to be said that Miami’s recent form is impressive. No losses in their last 12 matches across all competitions and statement wins including 4-0 and 3-1 tallies against Jacksonville and Orlando, respectively. The next challenge that awaits is the quintessential thorn in the Miami FC side: none other than the New York Cosmos. New York comes into the match tied for second in the NASL table, seven points behind Miami. In the five league matches so far between the two squads, the Cosmos have been able to take 12 points from Miami, with the Blues lone win spoiling New York’s opening night at MCU Park this season. In the highly anticipated clash of the old guard vs. the new guard, potential spring championship implications are at stake.