The Miami Hurricanes start campaign in full force

University of Miami Hurricanes women's soccer logo. Image courtesy University of Miami athletics.

The Miami Hurricanes soccer team kicked off their season with a bang tonight at Cobb Stadium. Miami dominated Saint Francis (PA) by a score of 6-0. After working out the kinks following a 0-3 loss to upstate UCF, the Canes came back and dominated Florida Tech on Monday 7-0. They got off to a hot start Friday night as well.

Miami lost 4 key players coming into 2017. Three key players in defense (Auld, Dal Pozzo, and McCarthy) tallied two goals and eleven assists in 2016. Nothing hurts this team more than losing striker Gracie Lachowecki who tallied eleven goals and three assists in 19 games last season. Miami didn’t seem to mind losing these key players in this showing.

North Carolina FC vs. Miami FC: Previewing The Match

North Carolina FC hosts The Miami FC. Image courtesy The Miami FC.

It feels like just about a fortnight ago that we discussed Miami and North Carolina FC. In fairness, it’s been ten days since these two clubs faced off in what was an exciting end to any soccer match. North Carolina were able to steal all three points from Miami by converting their third goal of the night from a set piece.

How have the two teams fared since that match on the fifth of August? Miami came back with a vengeance but suffered some setbacks in a 3-1 victory over the Indy Eleven. North Carolina could only manage a point in a 2-2 draw with the Jacksonville Armada.

Selling the Drama: How to make promotion and relegation work in America

Die-hard Sky Blues supporter John Mullaney (43),with his sign during Coventry City’s relegation match against Aston Villa. Promotion and Relegation is common in European football. (Photo via Coventry Telegraph)

Four billion dollars. And now a court case. You’ve got to give it to Riccardo Silva, when he puts his mind to something he really goes at it! Loads has been written about the merits of promotion and relegation and if it can work in North America.

I think it’s something that needs to happen but there’s obviously some opposition. So how do we turn a few more people on to the idea? How do you sell the terrifying, gut-wrenching fear of relegation to American sports fans? Well here are some options.

Magic City Soccer Episode 35: Losing streaks, whiskies of sadness and an EPL preview

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It’s sad times around Miami-Dade County, as The Miami FC are out of the U.S. Open Cup and currently enduring a three-game losing streak. Matt and Omar break it down on Magic City Soccer. Plus, they look ahead to the 2017-2018 English Premier League season. Join us, won’t you?

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A viewpoint on The Miami FC-led charge for Promotion/Relegation

Author’s Note: Please be advised that I am not an attorney. None of the below is a legal opinion/interpretation nor should it be taken as such. The article below is just a view on the road ahead. The Miami FC and Kingston Stockade are leading the charge for Promotion/Relegation. Images courtesy The Miami FC and Kingston Stockade.

On the day following the statement made by Dade Brigade with their #OpenSoccer tifo, Miami FC have filed a lawsuit in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Alongside Miami, the Kingston Stockade (New York/NPSL) joined the motion calling for implementation of Promotion/Relegation within the United States pyramid. Why such a strong action from the Riccardo Silva owned team? Let’s jump back to last week.

Miami FC vs. North Carolina FC: Previewing the Match

The Miami FC hosts North Carolina FC. Graphic by Matthew Bunch. Logos courtesy The Miami FC and North Carolina FC.

After the disappointment against FC Cincinnati in Wednesday’s quarter-final cup action, Miami finds themselves trying to pick up the pieces after losing two games in a row. It’s been a while since Nesta & Company have lost multiple matches in a row. The last time Miami FC dropped repeated matches was towards the end of the fall season in 2016. Dropping three in a row? You have to go back to the nightmarish spring season of 2016. They’ll be hoping to avoid that fate against North Carolina FC.

The Miami FC knocked out of U.S. Open Cup by sluggish performance against FC Cincinnati

The Miami FC faces FC Cincinnati at Riccardo Silva Stadium. Photo courtesy The Miami FC.

Three weeks ago, The Miami FC was the hottest club in North American soccer. Just coming off a 14-game unbeaten streak, the club defeated second-place San Francisco Deltas 7-0 to claim the NASL Spring Season title and had everything to look forward to in a matchup against FC Cincinnati in which it would be favored. Mother Nature intervened and forced a postponement to Aug. 2. Three weeks isn’t that long, right?

For Miami FC and its fans (10,415 of whom showed up Wednesday night — a club record), it feels like an eternity. The club is officially on a losing streak, capped off with the indignity of a 1-0 home shutout to Cincinnati and an ignoble exit from a memorable U.S. Open Cup run.

The Miami FC Spring Season review: Forwards

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

The Miami FC has turned into an offensive juggernaut in the NASL. Few teams in the league have the defensive ability to keep up with this group of attackers. Whether it’s blowing teams out by numerous goals or being able to cash in on the lone chance of the night, Pinho, Rennella and Poku have come in clutch all season. Their job has been made much easier thanks to the play of the midfield group that we recapped yesterday. Let’s take a look at the trio’s season so far and their best moments.