Miami FC

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For the soccer team known as Miami FC from 2006 to 2010, see Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
Not to be confused with Miami Fusion FC or Miami MLS team.
Miami FC
Miami FC.png
Full name Miami FC
Founded May 20, 2015
Stadium FIU Stadium
Miami, Florida
Stadium
capacity
20,000
President Riccardo Silva
Co-owner Paolo Maldini
Head Coach Alessandro Nesta
League North American Soccer League
Website Club home page
Current season

Miami FC is an American professional soccer team based in Miami, Florida. They began play in the North American Soccer League, the second tier of the American soccer pyramid, in the 2016 season. They play home games at FIU Stadium.[1][2]

History[edit]

In September 2015, Alessandro Nesta was appointed as the clubs first coach.[3] On November 20, 2015 Italian sportswear company Macron where announced as the clubs kit suppliers on a three-year deal.[4]

League and cup history[edit]

Season NASL Overall U.S. Open Cup Top goalscorer
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA Pts. Name League
2016 Spring 11th 10 1 4 5 7 15 7 3R Argentina Darío Cvitanich 3
Fall

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of 4 August 2016

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth.

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Evers, SebastianSebastian Evers      United States
2 Defender Borrajo, JonathanJonathan Borrajo      United States
3 Defender Rusin, BradBrad Rusin      United States
4 Defender Adaílton, Adaílton      Brazil
5 Defender Trafford, MasonMason Trafford      Canada
6 Forward Martínez, ArielAriel Martínez      Cuba
7 Midfielder Alterio, RobertoRoberto Alterio      Venezuela
8 Midfielder Palacios, WilsonWilson Palacios      Honduras
9 Forward Chavez, JaimeJaime Chavez      United States
10 Midfielder Poku, KwadwoKwadwo Poku      Ghana
11 Forward Dennis, AaronAaron Dennis      United States
12 Forward Cvitanich, DaríoDarío Cvitanich      Argentina
13 Midfielder Rezende, ConnerConner Rezende      United States
14 Midfielder Kcira, RobertRobert Kcira      United States
15 Defender Freeman, HunterHunter Freeman      United States
16 Defender Leroux, HugoHugo Leroux      France
17 Goalkeeper Vega, Mario DanielMario Daniel Vega      Argentina
18 Defender Bernstein, RhettRhett Bernstein      United States
19 Midfielder Richards, DaneDane Richards      Jamaica
20 Midfielder Ryan, RichieRichie Ryan      Ireland
21 Midfielder Rezende, CalvinCalvin Rezende      United States
22 Midfielder Steele, JonnyJonny Steele      Northern Ireland
23 Midfielder Smith, BlakeBlake Smith      United States
24 Defender Franco, JoeJoe Franco      United States
26 Midfielder Lahoud, MichaelMichael Lahoud      Sierra Leone
28 Midfielder Farfán, GabrielGabriel Farfán      United States
33 Goalkeeper Brown, LionelLionel Brown      United States
77 Forward Rennella, VincenzoVincenzo Rennella (on loan from Valladolid)     Italy
83 Forward Campos, PabloPablo Campos      Brazil
Miami FC President and co-owner, Riccardo Silva (centre) with Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima (left) and Miami FC Manager, Alessandro Nesta (right)

Staff[edit]

As of December 5, 2015 [5]
Position Nation Staff
Head coach  Italy Alessandro Nesta
Technical director  Italy Mauro Pederzoli
Assistant coach  Italy Lorenzo Rubinacci
Head of performance and fitness  Canada Paolo Pacione
Goalkeeper coach  Italy Vincenzo Benvenuto
Technical assistant  Italy Federico Bertele
Equipment manager  England Brad Smith
Head athletic trainer  United States Joe Caroccio
Assistant athletic trainer  United States Emmanuel Garcon

Individual records[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of Match played 14 September 2016
Name Years NASL U.S. Open Cup Total
1 Argentina Darío Cvitanich 2016– 9 (21) 00 0(1) 9 (22)
2 United States Jaime Chavez 2016– 4 (15) 01 0(1) 5 (16)
2 Cuba Ariel Martínez 2016– 5 (19) 00 0(1) 5 (20)
2 Ghana Kwadwo Poku 2016– 5 (12) 00 0(0) 5 (12)
5 Northern Ireland Jonny Steele 2016– 2 (10) 00 0(0) 2 (10)
6 United States Brad Rusin 2016– 1 (7) 00 0(0) 1 (7)
6 United States Aaron Dennis 2016– 1 (9) 00 0(0) 1 (9)
6 Brazil Pablo Campos 2016– 1 (13) 00 0(1) 1 (14)
6 Italy Vincenzo Rennella 2016– 1 (5) 00 0(0) 1 (5)


Managerial records[edit]

As of September 14, 2016
Name Nat. From To P W D L GS GA %W Honours Notes
Alessandro Nesta  Italy September 1, 2015[3] 24 8 8 8 30 28 33.33

Club culture[edit]

Miami FC draw the bulk of their support from the suburbs in the south and west of Miami.

Rivalries[edit]

The closest team geographically is the Fort Lauderdale Strikers with games between the two sides often labelled the FL Clásico.[6] Fixtures with the other two teams in Florida, the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Jacksonville Armada are also keenly contested. These four teams compete for the Coastal Cup over the course of the NASL season.

Supporters group[edit]

Dade Brigade are the official supporters group of Miami FC and they occupy the east stand of FIU Stadium which is known as the Brigade End for home games.[7] They are named for Miami-Dade County. Also, it is a nod to Miami's Cuban immigrant heritage with part of Coral Way between SW 97th and 107th Avenues, which is very close to the stadium, being known as 2506 Brigade Boulevard.[8]

Kit manufacturers and sponsorships[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Sponsor Ref
2016– Italy Macron No sponsor [9]

References[edit]

External links[edit]