The U.S. Open Cup is officially under the way with a pair of first-round matches taking place in Miami-Dade County. The Miami FC 2 and Miami United (both NPSL) will face off against a duo of local qualifiers in Red Force FC and FC Kendall. In matches that could easily become high scoring affairs, the firework alert is ringing loudly in Westchester and Hialeah. Before we breakdown the matches let’s take a look at how each club has gotten here.
It’s a celebration! Matt, Drew and Omar come together to record a live episode for the 50th episode of Magic City Soccer. We discuss lots of things, including The Miami FC 2 in the NPSL, U.S. Open Cup matchups, and USSF politics. Then we speak to Sebastian Abbot about his new book, “The Away Game,” which discusses Qatar’s search for the next great player in Africa. He will appear at Books and Books in Coral Gables on Sunday, May 6, 2018. Join us, won’t you? Thanks to our sponsor, Groundhopper, for helping to make Magic City Soccer happen!
In late March, the joint bid from the Canadian Soccer Association, the Mexican Football Association and the United States Soccer Federation presented its “United” bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. As was discussed then, Miami plays a prominent role. However, diving further into the proposal, you get a better idea about how the city may change for the World Cup.
Miami United FC found itself atop the Sunshine Conference table Sunday night, after handling visiting Naples United 3-0.
It was an unsurprising result, as Miami United had control of the match. Naples United is still searching for its first win against a team from Miami-Dade County.
It was an eventful week for Miami United FC. On Thursday, representatives from both the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County proclaimed April 27 as Miami United Day.
The team has been heavily focused on Miami-Dade County the last few weeks, after all, with the first two matches of the Magic City Clásico. Finally, on Sunday, the club will have the opportunity to look away from Dade and face some competition from outside the county. Naples United FC will be traveling across Alligator Alley and visiting Ted Hendricks Stadium.
The Miami FC 2 are hosting Jacksonville Armada in the first game against both teams since the loss of the NPSL.
The Miami FC 2 bolstered its attack Friday, signing Kris Tyrpak from San Antonio FC of the United Soccer League.
Before San Antonio, Tyrpak played professionally for Swope Park Rangers (USL) in 2016, San Antonio Scorpions (North American Soccer League) in 2015 and Chivas USA (Major League Soccer) in 2014.
In 2012, 2013 and 2015 Tyrpak played for Austin Aztex of the Premier Development League, which might better explain the signing. It was in those seasons where Tyrpak played for Paul Dalglish, who now manages Miami FC 2.
Tyrpak was named as the USL PDL MVP after scoring nine goals in 14 games while also recording one assist as the Aztex won the USL PDL title in 2013.
The big story in Miami-Dade soccer was the action-packed conclusion of the Magic City Clásico, which ended in fireworks and a 1-1 draw. Drew and Matt break down the game, the schedule to come for both teams and take a look at the Fútbol Miami MLS situation. Join us, won’t you?
If you followed Magic City Soccer before the launch of our website, you know that we occationally liked to design a fun t-shirt to celebrate the new season. Well, the 2018 design is live, and we’re making it easier than ever to get it!
The Magic City Soccer Store has launched! Simply go to http://magiccity.soccer/shirts and you will be able to purchase our newest design, Neon Nights.
The design is inspired by the City of Miami’s seal, and features a color scheme that is uniquely Miami.
You can also buy some of our older designs, like the Magic City Soccer Soccer County design:
Obviously inspired by the logo of Miami-Dade County, this design covered those who may live outside the city’s borders.
As if the shirts weren’t enough, for the next week, you can get 15 percent off your order with code welcome-100326658. If there’s a design you like but not in the style of shirt you want, contact us on Twitter or Facebook and we’ll see if we can make it for you! If you want to support local soccer coverage and look fly doing it, the Magic City Soccer Store is the place for you!
Former captain of The Miami FC, Michael Lahoud, confirmed on social media Thursday night that he would be signing to play with Fußball Club Cincinnati of the United Soccer League for the 2018 season. The news was first reported by Cincinnati Soccer Talk.