During this offseason of uncertainty, Magic City Soccer writer Drew Housman is helping you keep up-to-date. Below you can find Drew’s “Off-Season Player Tracker,” which lists the known status of every current (or now former) The Miami FC Player. You can find more information by visiting the subreddit.
During the Miami FC’s Facebook Live event last week, Bruce Silverman and Sean Flynn announced that Miami FC 2 will open the NPSL campaign on the road at Miami United (Ted Hendricks Stadium) on 4/15. They will return home to complete their season series against United on April 21st at St. Thomas University.
Miami FC fans rejoice! The club is back! The Miami FC announced the creation of Miami FC 2 yesterday in a press release. The “2” team will play in the National Premier Soccer league for the 2018 season. Playing in the Sunshine Conference, MFC 2 will have to go up against local clubs Miami United, Storm F.C., Boca Raton F.C., and NASL foe Jacksonville Armada among others.
Paul Dalglish, the former manager of Austin Aztex of the Premier Development League and Ottawa Fury FC, has been named as the second manager of The Miami FC.
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Editors Note: There had been reports that Mario Daniel Vega was on the move to another club in Paraguay. Since this article, that deal has fallen through.
Another off season full of drama has been provided by the NASL and the USSF. Unfortunately for Miami FC supporters, this offseason has had a prolonged “inevitable doom” feeling. Unlike last season, this off season was viewed from the distant shore as a storm that could bring some reckoning. Reckoning, it has definitely brought upon the NASL.
Writing this on the day of the NASL’s 2017 Soccer Bowl seems fitting. A day where any fan of The Miami FC would be much happier heading to the Riccardo Silva Stadium to see the culmination of an incredible season in the Soccer Bowl versus the Deltas.
But thanks to Gio Savarese’s stubborn Cosmos side our season has been over for seven days. A long week of thinking what might have been.
Images: The Miami FC
Playoffs are a funny thing. In American sports, playoffs separate the weak from the strong. The contenders from the pretenders. Yet somehow, they also have a way of allowing the underdog to rise to the occasion and steal the spotlight time and time again. Miami F.C. could have played their very last game and the NASL modern record for goals, wins, points, and differential could not have saved them.
Image: Orovio Photography
What. A. Ride. For those of you who have followed Miami F.C.’s journey with us, we can’t thank you enough. For those of you who are just seeing this for the first time, welcome to the club! We’ve had some real highs and lows together throughout the year. Poku beating Atlanta, 7-0 thrashing of the Deltas for the spring title, and Cincinnati coming to town and stealing the Open Cup Semi-Final from us have all led to this moment.
The Miami FC made history Saturday night, as the team defeated FC Edmonton 2-1 to claim the North American Soccer League’s Fall Season title. The team becomes the first squad to win the Spring and Fall title in the same year.
It wasn’t easy, as the club had to outlast a valiant effort by the Canadian club. Not only that, but outer bands of Tropical Storm Philippe made the conditions beyond wet. However, two goals by Kwadwo Poku broke the league’s team season scoring record (61) and sealed all three points. A loss by San Francisco Deltas to Jacksonville Armada made the points unnecessary for the title, but the team will certainly take the win as they head into the The Championship semifinal.
Not only that, the win gave The Miami FC the NASL record for points in a season (69).
The squad now waits for the conclusion of games on Sunday, as they will either host New York Cosmos or North Carolina FC on Nov. 5 at 5 pm.
This could very well be it! The final game against the Deltas has been rescheduled and it is going to be played. The Miami FC and the San Francisco Deltas will face off for the final time in the regular season tomorrow at 2 pm in the bay area. Despite Miami having a 2-1-1 advantage during the year, this game will essentially decide the fall campaign in the NASL.