The Magic City Clasico entered its fourth act Saturday night on the campus of Barry University. In the previous three contests, Miami United excelled at frustrating The Miami FC. The rough tackles, the willingness to go to ground, and the physicality all carried over from 2018. There was absolutely zero love lost between the two sides. Unfortunately for United, the 2019 version of Miami FC responds to adversity far better.
Few would equate the dynamics of college football with soccer. Somehow, the Magic City Clasico and the NPSL on a shortened schedule shares the chaos, uncertainty, and euphoria of NCAA football. Every game is a must win and the lack of an official “pre-season” means clubs are often thrown straight into the deep end. The University of Miami often had to deal with their season hanging in the balance with Florida State University being their first opponent throughout the 2000’s. For the winner, the path has been cleared for the rest of the campaign. For the loser, panic attacks and prayers hoping to salvage a damaged season. This is what the Magic City Clasico has become.
It’s been a long time. A long, long winter. But now spring is coming and the NPSL is back. Miami FC head into their second NPSL regular season as defending national champions after a celebrated run to the title in 2018. What can we expect this season?
Magic City Soccer and The Miami FC Broadcast Network today announce the formation of a broadcast partnership to stream all of The Miami FC’s 2019-2020 NPSL regular- and post-season matches.
The coverage will include a preseason match this Saturday against FC Miami City at 7 p.m., as well as the home opener against Miami United FC on April 20 at 7 p.m., both from Barry University.
The broadcast will include Magic City Soccer contributors Omar Moubayed, Lee Ifans and Matthew Bunch, as well as Kartik Krishnaiyer, who served on the broadcast last season and contributes regularly to the club’s multimedia offerings.
Magic City Soccer contributor Abel Iraola will be working in a production capacity on the studio side while continuing to provide excellent coverage of the local soccer scene in English and Spanish. Christian Gomez will be filling in throughout the season and continuing to serve in his primary capacity with our UPSL streams.
“We are pleased to continue offering live complimentary streaming of our home NPSL matches this season for our fans in South Florida and throughout the country,” Miami FC Vice President of Marketing and Communications Matt Britten said in a statement released by the club. “With Kartik’s depth of knowledge of the game and our club, along with the experience that Lee, Matthew and Omar bring from covering and broadcasting local Miami soccer for years, we will provide a versatile, high-quality broadcast for our fans and corporate partners.”
“Magic City Soccer is honored to partner with The Miami Football Club in their fourth year of competition,” Magic City Soccer co-founder Omar Moubayed said in the statement. “Throughout the years, MCS has enjoyed a wonderful relationship with The Miami FC while covering the club. This agreement allows us to take the next step with our platform and shine the brightest of spotlights on Miami’s premier soccer organization as The Miami FC look to defend their NPSL title.”
New Superliga Argentina champions Racing Club have a couple of South Florida links. La Academia are managed by former Fort Lauderdale Striker Eduardo “Chacho” Coudet while the playing roster includes Dario Cvitanich, formerly of Miami FC.
Coudet at work in Estadio Juan Domingo Perón. Photo courtesy Golazo Argentino.
One of soccer’s greatest goalkeepers, Gordon Banks, passed peacefully in his sleep last night at the age of 81. Banks was a World Cup winner with England in 1966 and part of the original NASL revolution in the 1970s. Banks was the goalkeeper for the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers in their infancy playing on the NASL roster alongside a whole load of greats including Gerd Müller, Teófilo Cubillas, Elías Figueroa and George Best.
Looking at the two Miami teams you saw a real contrast. Miami United had come out of the gate well and had a great run in the cup which ended with a match up against an MLS side. The Miami FC 2 had labored early on but had grown as the season progressed. United’s season was over in the Sunshine Conference playoff semi. Dispatched comfortably by Armada by a 4-1 scoreline. It was to be the final many people expected at the start of the season in the Sunshine Conference. FC vs Armada.
In this episode of the Magic City Soccer podcast, Matt and Drew discuss Miami United’s 2-2 draw with Uruguayan champions Peñarol, break down The Miami FC’s new roster acquisitions, touch on Inter Miami CF’s youth academy and preview Copa America 2019. Join us, won’t you?
Last month, The Miami FC coach Paul Dalglish gave some clues as to how the club would be built in 2019. This week, fans and observers got a clearer view as to what kind of team might take the field this season.