Magic City Soccer Episode 59: NPSL Sunshine Conference champions and a hold on Fútbol Miami MLS

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Matt and Omar tackle Miami soccer on and off the field in this episode of Magic City Soccer, as the vote for Fútbol Miami MLS’ Melreese plan is delayed a week, and The Miami FC 2 defeats Jacksonville Armada FC to claim the NPSL’s Sunshine Conference crown. We also give a brief wrap-up of a wonderful World Cup. Join us, won’t you?

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The Miami FC 2 claims NPSL Sunshine Conference title in complete performance against Jacksonville Armada

The Miami FC won the Sunshine Conference title on Saturday night, defeating Jacksonville Armada FC 3-1. Photo by Omar Moubayed.

With the loss of forward Jaime Chávez to a red card and the late scratch of Don Smart, it appeared Saturday night’s challenge against Jacksonville Armada FC for the NPSL Sunshine Conference championship would be an uphill battle. But virtually from the moment of kickoff, The Miami FC 2 were in the driver’s seat and their play took them all the way to the title, thoroughly defeating the Armada 3-1.

Magic City Soccer podcast Episode 58: The NPSL Sunshine Conference preview show!

The NPSL Sunshine Conference championship game. Graphic courtesy The Miami FC 2.

It’s the NPSL Sunshine Conference preview episode, live from Bobcat Field at St. Thomas University. Matt, Omar and Drew break down the matchup between The Miami FC 2 and Jacksonville Armada. We’re joined by commentator Kartik Krishnaiyer who offers his insights. Join us, won’t you?

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The Miami FC 2, Miami United FC well represented in NPSL Conference XI selections

The NPSL Conference XI was announced on Friday. Graphic courtesy the National Premier Soccer League

Miami-Dade County was well represented in the NPSL Conference XI on Friday, as three players from The Miami FC 2 and two players from Miami United FC were recognized by the league for their performance in the Sunshine Conference. In addition, Miami FC coach Paul Dalglish was named the coach of the year in the conference.

Miami FC 2 v Jacksonville Armada: Previewing The Sunshine Conference Title

The NPSL Sunshine Conference championship game. Graphic courtesy The Miami FC 2.

We have the opponent, and we have the date. As we mentioned earlier, this 2018 NPSL season has been eerily similar to a roller coaster ride. You have the anxiety before you take your seat, the high’s, the low’s, the fear, the excitement. Yet, at the end of the ride you pull off your safety constraints and you get off knowing you always would. Despite everything that has happened, the draws, the losses, and the unconvincing victories, it’s Miami FC versus Jacksonville for the title. It’s what was always supposed to be.

Is the Miami Freedom Park That Different From Joe Robbie Stadium?

Fútbol Miami MLS will be presenting its vision for "Miami Freedom Park," the home of the future Major League Soccer stadium in Miami alongside other development, to the public on Thursday. Image provided by Jorge Mas via Twitter.

There is a wide misconception that has grown through the years here in South Florida. It has been the gold standard to every stadium project when it’s time to discuss financing and acquisition. Those familiar with sports here in the Magic City know that I am already talking about Joe Robbie Stadium, now known as Hard Rock Stadium. South Florida idolizes Robbie for building it with his own money, however, lost in the story is the land acquisition deal. 

Jacksonville Armada defeats Miami United to advance to NPSL Sunshine Conference final against The Miami FC 2

Fans of Jacksonville Armada, Section 904, celebrate after the team's first goal against Miami United on July 11, 2018. Image from Jacksonville Armada broadcast.

Jacksonville Armada and Miami United have played two winner-take-all matches this year. Last May, Miami United traveled to Duval County and emerged with a win to advance in the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Wednesday night, they would not be so fortunate, as a second-half blitz guaranteed that Jacksonville Armada would face fellow NASL exile The Miami FC 2 for the National Premier Soccer League’s Sunshine Conference title.

The first half was a relatively even match. Jacksonville Armada struck first in the eighth minute, with a goal from JC Banks.

The goal seemed to wake up Miami United, and it responded with a headed goal from Nicolas Micoli in the 26th minute.

That goal seemed to reinvigorate Armada, and they had the better of the rest of the first half. The second half, however, was a different story altogether.

Second-half shock

Two goals in two minutes proved to be the major difference. Banks earned a brace in the 47th minute thanks to a deflection, and was followed two minutes later by Ciarán Kilduff to give Jacksonville Armada a 3-1 lead it would never relinquish.

Kilduff got his brace in the 74th minute to close the scoring, and close the story on Miami United’s season.

Miami will be remembered for a tremendous Open Cup run, which concluded with a match at home against Orlando City SC. It will also be remembered, however, for a post-Cup swoon which took Miami United from the top of the Sunshine Conference table to a third-place finish which saw them traveling to Jacksonville.

The Armada will now travel to Miami-Dade county to face off against Miami FC 2. The winner will win the Sunshine Conference advance to the NPSL’s regional playoffs. The match kicks off at Bobcat Field at St. Thomas University on Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are available on MiamiFC.com.