The Miami FC

How The Miami FC went from Also-rans to Spring Season Champs

The Miami FC claimed the NASL Spring Season title. Photo courtesy The Miami FC.

What a difference a year makes. Back in 2016 with the spring season of the NASL drawing to a close, The Miami FC were struggling. Porous at the back and misfiring up front, the promise the franchise showed off the pitch had not been fulfilled. They finished 11th of 11 and deserved no more than that.

Fast-forward 12 months and Alessandro Nesta’s men are playing scintillating soccer, marauding their way to the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals and trouncing teams by four goals… seven goals even, while also keeping clean sheets. So what has changed? In truth, it’s not been a revolution but an evolution.

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.

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.

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.

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.