Magic City Soccer Episode 87: Straight Outta South Florida Part 4

Straight Outta South Florida Part 4

We have a special set of episodes that carries on here. During the Coronavirus epidemic we were able to catch up with some of the biggest names in football that all come from the South Florida area. In this episode, Lee chats with Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids/USMNT), Bridget Callahan (Orlando Pride), and Valentin Sabella (Charlotte Independence) about their South Florida roots and their transition into the pro game. We wish you and your family all the best during this difficult time. Since we’re all trapped at home… join us, won’t you?

Magic City Soccer Podcast Episode 85: Straight Outta South Florida Pt. 2

Straight Outta South Florida Part 2

We have a special set of episodes that carries on here. During the Coronavirus epidemic we were able to catch up with some of the biggest names in football that all come from the South Florida area. In this episode, Lee chats with Alejandro Melean (Jorge Wilstermann), Mandy Freeman (Sky Blue FC), and Shanyder Borgelin (Philadelphia Union II) about their South Florida roots and their transition into the pro game. We wish you and your family all the best during this difficult time. Since we’re all trapped at home… join us, won’t you?

Magic City Soccer Podcast Episode 84: Straight Outta South Florida Pt. 1

Magic City Soccer Podcast: Straight Outta South Florida Part 1

During the Coronavirus epidemic, the Magic City Soccer Podcast was able to catch up with some international club players that all come from the South Florida area. In this first of a special set of episodes, Omar and Lee chat with Pablo Punyed (KR Reykjavik), Krissy Fisher (Sporting Huelva), and Niko Hämäläinen (Kilmarnock, QPR) about their South Florida roots and their transition into the pro game. We wish you and your family all the best during this difficult time. Since we’re all trapped at home… join us, won’t you?

United Soccer League joins MLS, suspends games for 30 days

The United Soccer League announced that it would be suspending all games, including USL Championship games, for 30 days on Thursday. Photo via USL.

The United Soccer League confirmed Thursday that it would impose a 30-day suspension of games due to COVID-19, referred to commonly as novel coronavirus. This means that The Miami FC’s home opener against the Tampa Bay Rowdies, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Riccardo Silva Stadium, will not go forward as planned.

Stay with Magic City Soccer as this story develops.

Major League Soccer suspends season for 30 days; Inter Miami CF home opener postponed

Jorge Mas, right, and Paul McDonough speak to the press about Major League Soccer's suspension of its 2020 season. Photo via Inter Miami CF.

Major League Soccer confirmed Thursday morning that it would be postponing its season for a minimum of 30 days due to COVID-19, referred to commonly as novel coronavirus. This affects all MLS teams, including Inter Miami CF and its scheduled home opener on Saturday.

“We’ve made a decision as a league, this morning, as owners, that play will be suspended temporarily. Target on that is 30 days.” managing owner Jorge Mas told the assembled press this afternoon. “We are working, and the league is working on rescheduling the games. We fully anticipate that we will play all of our 34 games.”

“We want to protect our players, and protect our fans, as much as possible.”

Stay with Magic City Soccer as this story develops.

 

 

Inter Miami CF doomed in 10 chaotic minutes by DC United, fall to 0-2

Inter Miami CF midfielder Lewis Morgan celebrates after scoring a goal against D.C. United. Teammate Roman Torres was sent off with a red card after VAR review show he handled the ball. Photo via Inter Miami CF.

For 50 minutes Saturday, Inter Miami CF seemed poised to claim its first Major League Soccer victory. An early Rodolfo Pizarro goal, the first in the club’s history, was the cap of an early offensive blitz and reflected the dominance we would see from the team in the first half.

But one moment proved to be a harbinger of doom for the RosaNegra, taking them from 2-0 up to down 2-1 and a man within 10 minutes.

The wait for an inaugural point continues. Inter Miami fell at the hands of DC United Saturday, 2-1.

Inter Miami CF falls to Los Angeles FC in valiant 1-0 debut loss

Inter Miami CF midfielder Matías Pellegrini chases down a ball, pursued by Los Angeles FC defender Dejan Jaković during their game at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on March 1, 2020. Photo via Inter Miami CF.

The debut of Inter Miami CF in Major League Soccer was more than six years in the making. Any actual result, win lose or draw, would have surely been a delight for the Miami faithful.

But when Lee Nguyen stood over a 96th-minute free kick, then followed up with a shot on goal moments later, those fans had to be dreaming of a point.

The excitement, the exhilaration and the possibility was all there for Inter Miami CF on Sunday night. The only thing missing was a goal.

Los Angeles FC, spearheaded by a solid defensive performance and led by a moment of brilliance from Carlos Vela, defeated Inter Miami 1-0 to give the RosaNegra an ignoble welcome to MLS.

Inter Miami CF debut: How Major League Soccer’s return to South Florida affects us all | Commentary

Marcelo Claure, now a co-owner of Inter Miami CF, celebrates with members of supporters group Southern Legion, including Matthew Bunch (in Miami Fusion hat).

As Inter Miami CF kicks off its first game this afternoon, I’ve been doing some thinking. I wasn’t always a fan of soccer. In fact, I spent most of my adolescence harboring a strong dislike of the sport. Soccer was boring, no one ever scored, it was for other countries and not the United States.

Obviously, if you’ve read this website or listened to our podcast, you know that opinion has changed radically. It was a process that started in my hometown of Baltimore, but took hold in Miami. I learned to appreciate, then love, The Beautiful Game.

By the time my appreciation of soccer took hold, around 2008, I was driving to pubs on Miami Beach or Oakland Park to watch my club team, Liverpool. And I was also aware of a plan by F.C. Barcelona and Marcelo Claure to bring Major League Soccer to Miami. My first thought was: “Yeah, why the hell doesn’t Miami have MLS already?” My second thought was: “Awesome!”

My first thought was answered when I researched and discovered there had been a Miami team, and that it had been contracted after the 2001 season. My second thought was slowly killed off by the Great Recession and Barcelona’s abandonment of the project in 2009. It would be more than a decade before Major League Soccer would actually return.