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Miami FC, Miami United in new NPSL league with professional players and staff

Miami FC and Miami United have both been announced to be part of the NPSL's new professional league in 2020. They will also take part in the Founder's Cup in 2019. Photographic by Matthew Bunch.

The National Premier Soccer League ended long-simmering speculation on Thursday, as it announced the NPSL would be featuring a new full-time professional league in 2020. Before that, it will also host a “Founders Cup” featuring the 11 founding members of the new league. Miami United and Miami FC are included in the 11 clubs.

“We are very excited to bring a new brand of community-based soccer to the U.S. market,” NPSL Chairman Joe Barone said in a release. “Beginning with the Founders Cup, fans will be able to enjoy watching authentic clubs compete with professional players and staff. This new venture will build upon the success and experience of NPSL and its nationwide network of local soccer club members.”

This ends almost a year of speculation about where Miami FC would wind up, after the U.S. Soccer Federation wound up its old league, the North American Soccer League, last year. Miami United has competed in the fourth-division NPSL since its founding in 2013.

This is a breaking story. It will be added to as more information is made available.

Magic City Soccer Episode 63: Inter Miami CF wins at the ballot box, Florida Soccer Soldiers win on the field

Magic City Soccer Podcast. Photographic by Matthew Bunch.

In this episode of Magic City Soccer, Matt, Drew, Lee and Abel discuss Inter Miami CF’s electoral victory in its City of Miami referendum Tuesday night, while discussing NPSL PRO and Florida Soccer Soldiers’ success in the UPSL. Join us, won’t you?

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LIVE BLOG: City of Miami votes on Miami Freedom Park initiative for Inter Miami CF soccer stadium

City of Miami voters will decide if Miami Freedom Park will proceed. Photographic by Matthew Bunch.

It is decision day for City of Miami voters and Miami Freedom Park. Will the city be allowed to negotiate with Inter Miami CF to construct a soccer stadium and mixed-use development on the current site of Melreese Country Club? The city put the question to voters in July, but tonight we’ll find out if the Major League Soccer team moves on to the next step or is sent back to square one. Stay with Magic City Soccer all day for coverage and information about this important vote. For live election results, you can visit Miami-Dade County’s elections page.

Florida Soccer Soldiers beat 10-man Red Force FC 1-0

Florida Soccer Soldiers defeated Red Force FC in U.S. Open Cup qualifying at Tropical Park Stadium in Miami on Oct. 21, 2018. Photo by Lee Ifans.

 

Tropical Park was the scene for another exciting U.S. Open Cup qualifier with two local heavyweights going toe-to-toe for a chance to progress one step closer to the tournament proper. Florida Soccer Soldiers edged out 10-man Red Force FC 1-0 to reach the next round.

With the sad demise of FC Kendall it looks like Red Force have found a new rivalry already. These two teams have been playing some of the best local elite amateur soccer over the past year and a fair crowd of about 125 stayed out late on a Sunday evening to watch a compelling encounter.

With a steady wind whipping in from the north Red Force looked the more composed of the two sides early on. Florida Soccer Soldiers had quite a high defensive line and were almost undone by the diagonal ball over the top a couple of times. Danger man Stiven Salinas getting behind his marker and trying to create chances for his team mates. He and David Holguin combined to set up a chance for the latter but the big Colombian couldn’t get his effort on target.

What the Soccer Soldiers might lack in experience they made up for with youthful enthusiasm. Two players especially catching the eye were Manuel Coll and Valentin Sabella. Sabella, a 19 year old Argentinean, is as fast as lightning and good with the ball at his feet very reminiscent of his countrymen Messi, Maradona or Tevez. Short, quick and tricky. His powerful runs down the left flank were a constant threat to Red Force. Manuel Coll got in on the action with Soccer Soldiers’s best chance in the first 45. Sending an accurate shot on target from outside the box that was well-covered by Red Force keeper Anton Widen. Nil-nil at half time.

Although this match was played in the right spirit, there were flashpoints as the game wore on. A yellow card apiece for the two teams in the first 45 and five more in the second. There was a competitive physical element to the game and it boiled over on the hour when Fabio Fernandes was shown a straight red for a high elbow in a challenge with an opponent. The decision was controversial. It was certainly a foul and a card but perhaps a yellow would have sufficed in the context of the game.

The game-breaking goal

Down to ten men, it got worse for Red Force when the Soccer Soldiers finally made the difference count. With the defense stretched Manuel Coll found livewire Sabella in the box and he made no mistake from close range. It was a fine goal to cap off Sabella’s man of the match performance. It was almost 2-0 not long after that. Julian Hoyos Cadavid with an effort that Widen was equal to.

Into time added on, which there was a lot of because of a few injury breaks and the red card, and Red Force almost got back into it. First hitting the post with a looping effort and then a glorious change for midfielder Jesse Kehoe. Kehoe was through on a one-on-one with the keeeper but Estrada Soto was quick to react and snuff the chance out.

Time was up and the Soldiers march on to the third qualifying round. Red Force had won six Open Cup qualifying games in a row stretching back to September 23rd, 2017. That run came to an end. They’ll be looking for revenge next year when they head into the UPSL themselves.

Post match interview with man-of-the-match Valentin Sabella.

Starting Lineups:

RED FORCE FC

Anton Widen (GK); Richard Perdomo, Lucas Compos Coro, Chris Munoz, Jesse Kehoe, Gilbert Ruiz, Steven Salinas, Fabio Fernandes, Cesar Murillo, David Holguin, Franco Alvaro. Subs; Daniel Gomez, Scott Gordon, Marcello Palucci, Omar Parsad

FLORIDA SOCCER SOLDIERS

Omar Estrada Soto (GK); Antonioni Gonzalez Gutierrez, Adolfo Suazo Williams, Valentin Sabella, Julian Hoyos Cadavid, Mario Ferro, Juan Carlos Paredes Rios, Manuel Coll, Andres Ruiz de Somocurcio, Carlos Meneses Freire, Cesar Moreno Ramos. Subs; Heatclif Castillo Delgado, Daniel Espantoso, Fernando Hernandez Aguirre

RED CARD ’60 Fabio Fernandes (Red Force)

GOAL ’73 Valentin Sabella, Assisted by Manuel Coll (Florida Soccer Soldiers)

MAN OF THE MATCH Valentin Sabella

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.

Miami continues to post spectacular 2018 FIFA World Cup ratings

Miami is by far the TV market watching the most 2018 FIFA World Cup coverage, according to an analysis by FOX Sports of both English- and Spanish-language coverage. Photographic by Matthew Bunch.

While it’s not a surprise, it is jarring to see how much the Miami-Fort Lauderdale TV market is dominating in 2018 FIFA World Cup consumption.

There has been some reporting on how much Miami is watching, but the full picture wasn’t clear until yesterday. Michael Mulvihill, FOX Sports Executive Vice President for Research, League Operations & Strategy, tweeted out ratings numbers combining English- and Spanish-language ratings.