Magic City Soccer Episode 60: The Miami FC 2 fights for a national title, while Fútbol Miami MLS puts together its team

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Matt and Omar discuss the hiring of Paul McDonough as Sporting Director of Fútbol Miami MLS, the International Champions Cup and The Miami FC 2’s run to a national title. Join us, won’t you?

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Fútbol Miami MLS confirms Paul McDonough as Sporting Director

Paul McDonough, announced Wednesday as the new Sporting Director of Fútbol Miami MLS, sits with Atlanta United president Darren Eales. Photo via Darren Eales' Twitter account.

Fútbol Miami MLS confirmed through its Twitter account Wednesday morning that Paul McDonough, formerly of Atlanta United, will be joining the team as Sporting Director.

“Paul shares our dream for making Miami the League’s Global Team,” co-owner Jorge Mas said through the team’s Twitter account. “And is uniquely positioned to recruit and develop the talent on and off the field to make this a reality.”

“Paul played a critical role in the building of our club and we are very appreciative of his hard work and dedication in making Atlanta United a success,” Atlanta United president Darren Eales said in a statement released by the club. “We wish him and his family all the best moving forward.”

Response

Reaction to the hire was generally positive.

Miami United plans no affiliation with US Premiership

Roberto Sacca, general manager of Miami United FC, categorically denied any connection to the US Premiership, a new club league launched on Monday.

Contrary to some circulated reports on Twitter on Tuesday, Sacca stated the club has no intention to have any affiliation with the league, either involving its senior team or a reserve team.

“No truth,” Sacca told Magic City Soccer on Tuesday night. “We don’t have anything to do with that.”

The Palm Beach-based Premiership has acquired the Texas Premier Soccer League.

North Carolina Courage Crowned Women’s ICC Champion; Manchester City Nabs Third

The North Carolina Courage lift the International Champions Cup women's trophy. Image Courtesy of Jonathan Willey (Miami Dolphins)

The best action of the entire International Champions Cup showcase happened last night at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. In a double-header showcasing the best women’s talent in soccer PSG, Manchester City, Olympique Lyonnais, and the North Carolina Courage put on a display second to none. In a third-place match that had numerous goals, to a final that produced amazing displays of tactical abilities no other set of matches have come close. 

Duluth Can’t Weather The Miami FC 2’s Storm

Bobcat Field at St. Thomas University is pictured before kickoff between The Miami FC 2 and Duluth FC on July 28, 2018.

The Miami FC 2 signed off a six-game stand at home by easing past Duluth FC with three unanswered goals.

Somehow the deluge engulfing the rest of Florida on Saturday evening missed the Opa Locka-Miami Gardens area and the fans were treated to lovely evening perfect for soccer. And the fans showed up. The hype of the International Champions Cup and the hoopla of Futbol Miami MLS has not dampened the enthusiasm of the Miami FC faithful. Many people in this part of the World claim to love soccer, the 1289 people who showed up to this claim are probably the ones who mean it. The second highest attendance of the season at the Bob.

Women’s International Cup Final and Semi-Final Preview

Image Courtesy of NC Courage

After two fixture dates in the Miami’s International Champions Cup run, one thing has become very apparent. The women’s tournament has been holding it’s own in the shadow of the two men’s fixtures. While Real Madrid and Manchester United is the main event, it’s a shame that the women’s tournament hasn’t received the support it merits at the turnstile. The best action in this tournament has come from the North Carolina Courage and Olympique Lyonnais. The best value in this tournament comes Sunday as the two square off for the inaugural title.

FC Bayern vs Manchester City in the International Champions Cup: Previewing the Match

Graphic courtesy International Champions Cup

International Champions Cup action continues in Miami this weekend as Manchester City face off against Bayern Munich on Saturday evening.

Both the English and German champions are expected to field weakened teams as they’ve already done in the tournament, with several key players still on vacation following the World Cup.