Adrestia FC, Florida Fusion Into The UPSL Playoffs

photo courtesy: Adrestia FC/Kevin Carrion

An impressive 3-0 win on Saturday evening at Doral Meadow Park confirmed Adrestia FC’s place into the UPSL Florida South Playoffs.

With the regular season nearing completion the familiar name of Miami United tops the Florida South D1 table. Eight of the nine teams qualify for the post season tournament but the win for Adrestia confirmed their place as Miami Sun were beaten 3-2 in a match later that evening vs City Soccer FC. That result also meant that despite losing, Florida Fusion will also make it into the championship tournament.

A pleasant evening’s weather and the nice surroundings of Meadow Park combined to make perfect conditions for an entertaining and engaging contest. A small but safely socially distant crowd was treated to some great soccer and a game that was a bit closer than the 3-0 scoreline suggests. Adrestia look the lead early in the game thanks to a confident penalty scored by David Mizrahi. The early goal raised a response from Fusion who had their chances, particularly down the right hand side where Nahim Fernandez looked lively. Center forward Victor Belandria was also a threat and despite a few good crosses Fusion couldn’t create a clear chance for their #9.

Adrestia doubled their lead at the end of the first half. A well taken goal by Michael Lawrence who latched on to a loose ball and finished calmly after the Fusion keeper got caught in no man’s land. There was no shortage of chances and the two goalkeepers were kept busy in an open and attacking game. Fusion came flying out of the blocks in the second 45 and despite piling the pressure on could not solve the Adrestia defense. Center back Sime Ludner had a great game for Adrestia and played an important part in the clean sheet for his team.

The third goal came near the end of the game. The Fusion defense looking for offside from a free kick but Cameron McDonald had perfect timing to finish from point blank range. Fusion will have been disappointed to concede from a penalty and two lapses in concentration but they can hold their heads high for their attacking approach, they never gave up on the game. Adrestia face table-topping Miami United in their final regular season game next weekend. Florida Fusion have games against Soccer Soldiers and Port St. Lucie United.

Florida Soccer Soldiers to host team of British Army soldiers from Coldstream Guards FC

Coldstream Guards FC Florida Soccer Soldiers

In a name-perfect matchup Wednesday night, Florida Soccer Soldiers will host Coldstream Guards FC, a team made up of soldiers from the British Army’s Coldstream Guards.

“Our last few tours have consisted in and around Europe with our last one being to Cyprus last year,” a representative of the team said through Instagram earlier this week. “We thought, why not the states and we just couldn’t say no to Miami.”

The match comes just two days after Coldstream Guards FC faced Red Force FC at Tropical Park. Red Force won that match, 4-2.

The Soccer Soldiers match will kick off at 8:30 p.m. kickoff at Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah.


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Charlotte Independence v Florida Soccer Soldiers: Previewing The Match

Florida Soccer Soldiers travel to Charlotte to take on the Independence in the 2019 U.S. Open Cup

It was surprising and yet at the very same time it was not. The Florida Soccer Soldiers will get their second round match against the Charlotte Independence (USL Championship) in just a few hours. The UPSL heavyweights from the Magic City held their own against the NPSL champions Miami FC just a week ago. Flash forward six days later, and the Soldiers are looking to make a FC Christos style run in the U.S. Open Cup.

April 2019 Magic Six

What a month of soccer we’ve had in this part of the world. Who caught the eye in April’s Magic Six?

Bryant Martin – GK – Florida Soccer Soldiers

OK I was going to put Bryant in before his heroics in the Open Cup. What an absolutely fantastic display that was but if you’d been watching our streams you’d already have known all about him. A fantastic keeper who is an incredible shot stopper and great at one-on-ones as we saw in the game vs Red Force.

Ferdinando De Matthaeis – COACH – Miami United

In the NPSL Sunshine season opener the result went with the form book and Miami FC won 2-0. Many expected a similar result in the second half of the Magic City Clasico. They were wrong. United scored two goals of their own and kept it tight at the back and the main man is who they have to thank. Ferdy got his tactics 100% spot on at North Miami Athletic Stadium. The tactical tweaks of playing in behind FC’s backline and utilizing his side’s strengths by playing a lightning fast counter attack game was top quality coaching.

Marc Duroscar – MF – Palm Beach Spartans

In the top of the table clash between PSL United SC and the Spartans the Spartan Army found themselves trailing 2-0 and staring at a defeat. That is until coach Cheddi Johnson introduced Marc Duroscar. He came on and changed the game with a goal and assist, rescuing a point for his team mates.

Rian Jamai – FW – Port St. Lucie United SC

If you were ever lucky enough to watch Ryan Giggs play then that is exactly what you get with Rian Jamai. Everything down to wearing the #11 jersey. A classy player that glides along the pitch, creates chances and scores great goals too. One to watch for the future. He’s just 18 years old!

Hialeah City FC

Going to put the whole team in for the fifth pick. After a shaky start to the season, the Blue Fury went on a 5 game unbeaten run which is no easy feat in the UPSL Dade Division. It looks like they are really gelling into a good side now. Lots of attacking weapons on the lineup and they are much more disciplined at the back.

Pwayko Skybank – FW – Breakers AFC

Not been an easy season so far for the Dudes but they finally got a win in April thanks in part to a brace from the spectacularly named Skybank in their matchup with Palm Beach Flames. The Breakers need to keep scoring to sneak into the playoffs and have a decent looking run of games to round out the regular season. Pwayko will need to keep his shooting boots on.

Miami FC v Florida Soccer Soldiers: Previewing The Open Cup Match

The matchup that fans of the lower leagues in South Florida have been wanting for the last year is finally here. Today is the day two of the finest teams in the state go toe-to-toe in a competitive game. A US Open Cup first round encounter that sees NPSL champions Miami FC against UPSL national finalists Florida Soccer Soldiers.