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Matthew Bunch

Matthew Bunch has lived in Miami since 2005, covering a variety of collegiate and professional sports. As Editor in Chief of The Miami Hurricanes, the student newspaper of the University of Miami, Matthew and his staff won the paper's first ACP Pacemaker Award since 1992. With the return of professional soccer to Miami-Dade County in 2016, Matthew channeled his professional interest with his personal passion for the Beautiful Game. You can contact Matthew at bunch.mcs@gmail.com.

Miami Soccer in Review: 2011 saw more pro soccer from Europe than America

Miami soccer in review: Chivas' Marco Fabián scores one of two goals to overturn a first-half deficit and hand then-European champions FC Barcelona a shocking 4-1 defeat in an Herbalife World Football Challenge match at Sun Life Stadium in front of a record crowd for soccer in the history of the state of Florida. Photo via Getty Images.

Magic City Soccer will take the last 10 days of 2019 to review the last 10 years of Miami-Dade County soccer. We reviewed 2010 on Monday, and now offer Miami Soccer in Review for 2011.

2011 continued a dearth of professional, competitive soccer in Miami-Dade County. However, a trend would develop during the year: International club friendlies.

Miami Soccer in Review: The decade begins with 2010, an Annus Horribilis

Marcelo Claure, now an owner of Inter Miami CF, originally intended to bring a Major League Soccer team to Miami in partnership with Barcelona in 2010. Photo by Patrick Farrell, Miami Herald

Magic City Soccer will take the last 10 days of 2019 to review the last 10 years of Miami-Dade County soccer. Here, we begin our look back at a decade of Miami soccer in review with 2010, an Annus Horribilis.

The decade of the 2010s was supposed to open with a bang for the Miami soccer community. In October 2008, Barcelona announced that it would be partnering with Brightstar Corp. CEO Marcelo Claure to bring an Major League Soccer team to FIU Stadium, possibly as soon as 2010.

If you know anything about soccer in Miami this decade, you know this couldn’t have compared less favorably with what actually happened. In fact, the only constant was Claure, now involved in the ownership of Inter Miami CF.

So you want to follow the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft? History, process and more explained.

The 2019 MLS Expansion Draft will feature five selections from Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC each. Inter Miami will pick first, thanks to a coin flip on Oct. 6, 2019.

Major League Soccer has some terms that can be a bit intimidating to new fans as it relates to player aquisition. GAM (General Allocation Money), TAM (Targeted Allocation Money), DP (Designated Player). But one of the first terms every fan of a new team needs to learn is “Expansion Draft.” The 2019 MLS Expansion Draft will take place this evening. What is it? How does it work? And what does this mean for Inter Miami CF?

Premier League Mornings Live Miami update as date, location shared

Premier League Mornings Live Miami will be coming to Miami. Image via NBC Sports.

NBC Sports Soccer provided some additional clarity Wednesday as its website appears to indicate the dates and locations of events around its Premier League Mornings Live Miami event.

According to the site for the event, which was pulled moments after information was shared on Twitter, the event is scheduled for Dec. 14 and 15 at Ocean Drive and 11th Street in Miami Beach.

According to a test website on NBC Sports Soccer, which was also pulled, the event will take place at the Clevelander South Beach Hotel and Bar (1020 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139).

An RSVP site for Premier League Mornings Live is still available. Day 1 can be RSVP’d here, while Day 2 can be RSVP’d here.

Premier League Mornings Live coming to Miami

Premier League Mornings Live Miami will be coming to Miami. Image via NBC Sports.

NBC Sports announced Sunday afternoon that the next Premier League Mornings Live fan festival will be in Miami. Miami-based sports media outlet Lemon City Live is reporting the event will take place on Dec. 14 and 15.

Rebecca Lowe, host of NBC Sports’ Premier League coverage, shared the news from Scholz Garten in Austin, Texas. Austin is the fourth city to host a Premier League Mornings Live, behind Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C.

The event in Austin featured two days of live television, as well as partnering events with Men in Blazers and other activities from Premier League clubs. Miami-based Mike Ryan Ruiz, executive producer of ESPN’s The Dan Lebatard Show and Chelsea club ambassador, traveled to the event to host interviews and club events.

The specific time and location of the event in Miami has not yet been announced. Stay with Magic City Soccer for more information.

Megan Rapinoe to speak to University of Miami students in October

Megan Rapinoe

Fresh off claiming “The Best FIFA Women’s Player” award in Milan, the University of Miami announced Tuesday that women’s soccer star and social activist Megan Rapinoe will address the student body on Oct. 10.

As part of the “What Matters to U” series, hosted by UM student government’s Student Engagement Planning Agency, Megan Rapinoe will likely speak about her activities on the pitch (two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup winner) and off (social activism, business investment and philanthropy).

This is the third “What Matters to U” speech. Science communicator Bill Nye and actor/comedian Ken Jeong spoke in Feburary and April 2019, respectively.

As a student event, tickets are only available for undergraduate, graduate, medical and law students of the University of Miami. More information can be found on the event’s Facebook page.