Tag Archives: The Miami FC

Magic City Soccer Episode 37: The Puerto Rico Sandwich, NISA and the 2018 U.S. Open Cup!

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It’s a two-man operation for Magic City Soccer, as Matt and Drew both preview and review The Miami FC’s matchups with Puerto Rico FC. We talk about the establishment of the NISA and how the new third-division league might impact soccer in Miami-Dade County. Plus, we talk about the start of the 2018 U.S. Open Cup, which will begin three days after the end of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup. Join us, won’t you?

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Magic City Soccer Episode 36: Reunited and it feels so good! UM, FIU, APSL, Miami FC and more!

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Finally, Drew, Matt and Omar are back together for some Magic City Soccer! The results are average at best! We talk about Hurricanes and FIU women’s soccer, the start of the APSL fall season, Miami FC player acquisitions and game results, European club football and the U.S. facing off in the Hex. Join us, won’t you?

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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.

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.

Magic City Soccer Episode 34: Between Spring and Fall NASL seasons, but still a ton of stuff to discuss

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Matt and Omar take time before the NASL Fall Season kicks off to talk about all kinds of things on Magic City Soccer, including but not limited to: San Francisco Deltas, Bruce Matheson, Pro/Rel, Socialism, and El Clasico Miami. Join us, won’t you?

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The Miami FC NASL Spring Season review: Defense

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

The biggest question The Miami FC had to answer coming into the 2017 campaign was “Can this defense hold up?” Boy, have they ever held up their end of the bargain. After allowing 42 goals in 2016, the backline has found the chemistry necessary to shut opponents down. Through 16 league games, the boys at the back have only allowed 11 goals and have helped Mario Daniel Vega hold seven clean sheets. In an extra four games of U.S. Open Cup play, Miami has allowed five goals while keeping a clean sheet against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Let’s take a look at this part of the team’s season so far and their best moments.