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The Miami FC v Hartford Athletic: Previewing The Match

It’s hard to imagine the first 14 minutes of Miami FC’s season opener against visiting Loudoun United going any better. 

Six minutes into the match, Ariel Martinez delivered a beautiful cross to newcomer Gigi Craig, who expertly headed the ball into the back of the net. A minute later, a defensive mishap from Loudoun United (and some pressure from forward Pierre da Silva) led to an own goal. And just like that, the Orange and Blue had a 2-0 lead. 

The Miami FC vs. Loudoun United: Previewing The Match

The Miami FC opens its season against Loudon United on Saturday. Photographic by Matthew Bunch.

 After a disappointing 2020 season, no one can blame The Miami FC for wanting to put last year behind them as quickly as possible.

Miami has a chance to do that Sunday night when they kick off their 2021 campaign against Loudoun United. It will be the first meeting between the two teams. They will get to see each other three more times later this season as Atlantic Division rivals.

The Miami FC records first USL road victory, beats ATL UTD 2

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The Miami FC finally recorded an away win in the USL Championship with a 2-1 victory over ATL UTD 2, thanks to a second-half strike by Miguel Gonzalez.

The main conductor of the attacking play in the draw vs Charleston Battery, Sebastian Velasquez, didn’t make the trip. Possibly Paul Dalglish did not want to risk him against Atlanta’s no-nonsense tackling. Lloyd Sam dropped to the bench. In came Gonzalez and Griffiths. Again a back three was deployed with Hassan Ndam as sweeper.

Atlanta set out to disrupt Miami’s possession and gave no quarter in the 50/50s. Jalen Markey was bundled over more than once but despite the persistent fouling from the home side, the ref kept his cards in his pocket.

Miami stood up to the physical challenge from the hosts and took the lead when Romario Williams tapped in a rebound after Atlanta keeper Ben Lundgaard spilled a Tomas Granitto free kick. Williams looked to be in the mood for a goal after failing to find the net since the 2-1 over Charlotte last month. His movement was good, he was taking players on with confidence. A great night for the number 9.

In a familiar story for FC fans, Atlanta equalized minutes later. The Miami defense failed to clear a loose ball in the area, Ajani Fortune firing home a great effort. Miami have been much improved of late, especially at the back, but this was an echo of past collapses. Thankfully they steadied themselves and made it to half time tied up 1-1.

Sometimes you just feel a game is going the way of one of the teams. Last night it was our turn and Miami wouldn’t be denied three vital points. Miguel Gonzalez was the hero of the hour with a crisp finish from the edge of the area after a corner early in the second half. It’s two goals in two games for Miguel now. His confident, first-time finish for the goal sums up Miami FC’s renaissance. A bit of belief and swagger is coming back.

ATLUTD2 had a couple of chances to get level and even hit the crossbar, however Miami’s defense held firm. Keeper Mark Pais turned in a commanding performance. Mark controls his area so well and came bravely out of his goal to snuff out an Atlanta chance on the hour mark. Centerback Hassan Ndam was impressive too, as the Cameroonian provided a key block late in the game to ensure an important victory for the Orange and Blue.

Although unlikely, the win means Miami still have a mathematical chance to catch second place in Group H, Charleston Battery. Next up is the “Magic City Derby,” as the Birmingham Legion will come to Riccardo Silva Stadium on Wednesday at 7:30pm, watch on ESPN+.

Romario To The Rescue At Riccardo Silva Stadium to salvage The Miami FC draw

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Not all heroes wear capes but some of them do score goals and when you have a goalscoring superstar hero of a number 9 called Romario in your team like The Miami FC does, you always have a chance.

The home side didn’t have much time to rest up after Sunday’s tie against the Rowdies in St. Petersburg. They measured the early pace, setting out to control the opening exchanges with their trademark game of keeping possession and patiently working the spaces to open up chances. ATLUTD2 did a good job to keep their shape in response and frustrated the Orange and Blue. They ended up taking the hosts by surprise, upping the tempo in a flash and taking the lead against the run of play. Jack Gurr rifled the ball home on a counter-attack having been given the freedom of the Miami FC half.

Episode 88: Miami FC’s Coach Vargas & Sebastian Velasquez, and MLSisBack Recap of Inter Miami

Lee, Matt, and Omar have a very candid conversation with Miami FC’s head coach Nelson Vargas about their return to play in the USL Championship and his Screen Actor’s Guild card. Lee catches up with Sebastian Velasquez about the return to play and the upcoming USL schedule. The guys also discuss Inter Miami’s MLSisBack performance and the future of Miami Freedom Park. 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.

Magic City Soccer Podcast Episode 81: UPSL National Finals, IMCF’s Newest DP, Miami FC’s Mo Thiaw and Prince Saydee

Magic City Soccer Podcast. Photographic by Matthew Bunch.

The boys are back with a tag team duo. Matt and Lee look back at the recent UPSL national finals at Barry University, how new IMCF signing Rodolfo Pizarro will fit into Diego Alonso’s system, plus interviews with Miami FC’s Mo Thiaw and Prince Saydee. Join us, won’t you?

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Magic City Soccer Podcast Episode 80: Inter Miami CF Kit Reveal, A Dive Into the Inter Miami and Miami FC Rosters, And A Newcomer To The Lower Divisions Of Florida Soccer

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On this Magic City Soccer Podcast, Abel and Omar return from a hibernation of sorts. The duo talk about the new Inter Miami CF kit released this week and about the rosters of both Inter Miami CF and The Miami FC. A Newcomer joins the ranks of the lower divisions of Florida soccer in the NSL. Join us, won’t you?

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Magic City Soccer Podcast Episode 78: Inter Miami CF names Diego Alonso manager, The Miami FC shares first two USL fixtures

Magic City Soccer Podcast. Photographic by Matthew Bunch.

On this Magic City Soccer Podcast, Matt, Drew and Lee welcome in the new year by breaking down lots of news. Diego Alonso will lead Inter Miami CF into its first season, while The Miami FC will take on a familiar foe in its USL Championship home debut. Plus, we answer listener questions. Join us, won’t you?

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