Miami FC

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Miami FC
Miami FC logo.svg
Full nameThe Miami FC
FoundedMay 20, 2015; 4 years ago (2015-05-20)
StadiumBuccaneer Field at Barry University
Capacity1,500
PresidentRiccardo Silva
Owner(s)Riccardo Silva
Head CoachPaul Dalglish
LeagueNational Independent Soccer Association
2019NPSL South Region, Sunshine Conference: 1st
Playoffs: Champions
WebsiteClub website

The Miami FC is an American professional soccer team based in Miami, Florida. They began play in the North American Soccer League (NASL), the second tier of the American soccer pyramid, in the 2016 season. As of the 2019 season, the club plays in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) and plays its' home games at Buccaneer Field on the campus of Barry University.

History[edit]

In September 2015, Alessandro Nesta was appointed as the club's first coach.[1] On November 20, 2015 Italian sportswear company Macron were announced as the club's kit suppliers on a three-year deal.[2] Nesta resigned as coach following the completion of the 2017 season, on 17 November.[3]

On November 15, 2018, the NPSL announced that Miami would be a founding member in a new professional league, commencing with the "NPSL Founders Cup" competition from August to November 2019, followed by a full league schedule in 2020 at either division 2 or 3 level.[4][5][6] However on July 24, 2019, it was announced that Miami would instead join the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) for the Fall 2019 season.[7][8]

Miami FC 2 logo

Miami FC 2[edit]

Following the cancellation of the 2018 NASL season, some Miami FC players competed with Miami FC 2 in the NPSL.[9][10] In January 2018, The team announced the creation of The Miami FC 2 in the National Premier Soccer League. The intention was for The Miami FC's players to play with The Miami FC 2 while waiting for the NASL's proposed winter schedule to take effect.[11] Following the outright cancellation of the 2018 NASL season the following month, the organization announced its intention to go forward with The Miami FC 2 while exploring all options for The Miami FC to resume play "as soon as possible".[9] Ten of the NASL team's players from the 2017 season were brought over to the NPSL side's roster.[10][12] For the 2019 NPSL season the team returned to playing as The Miami FC.

League and cup history[edit]

Season League Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA Pts. Overall Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Top goalscorer Manager
Name League
2016 NASL Spring 11th 10 1 4 5 7 15 7 7th Did not qualify 3R Argentina Darío Cvitanich 9 Italy
Alessandro Nesta
Fall 5th 22 9 6 7 31 27 33
2017 Spring 1st 16 11 3 2 33 11 36 1st Semifinals QF Brazil Stefano Pinho 17
Fall 1st 16 10 3 3 28 17 33
2018
(as Miami FC 2)
NPSL Sunshine Conference 1st 12 8 3 1 30 5 27 1st Champions 2R United States Jaime Chavez 9 Scotland
Paul Dalglish
2019 Sunshine Conference 1st 10 9 0 1 48 5 27 1st Champions 1R Mexico Miguel González 13

Average attendance[edit]

Year Reg. Season Playoffs
2016 5,427
2017 5,172 7,115

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of March 18, 2019[13]

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

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Mark Pais  United States
2 Forward Othello Bah  Liberia
3 Defender Marco Franco  United States
5 Defender Callum Chapman  England
6 Midfielder Dylan Mares  United States
7 Defender John Neeskens  Spain
8 Midfielder Tomás Granitto  El Salvador
9 Forward Mohamed Thiaw  Senegal
10 Midfielder Ariel Martínez  Cuba
11 Forward Lloyd Sam  Ghana
12 Forward Miguel González  Mexico
14 Midfielder Robert Baggio Kcira  United States
16 Midfielder Harrison Heath  England
17 Midfielder Brian James  United States
21 Midfielder Héctor Morales  Cuba
23 Defender Brenton Griffiths  Jamaica
25 Midfielder Lance Rozeboom  United States
33 Goalkeeper Lionel Brown  U.S. Virgin Islands
45 Defender Jalen Markey  United States
88 Defender Shawn Chin  United States
92 Forward Darío Suárez  Cuba
Miami FC President and co-owner, Riccardo Silva (centre) with Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima (left) and former head coach, Alessandro Nesta (right)

Staff[edit]

As of March 3, 2019[14]
Position Nation Staff
Head coach  Scotland Paul Dalglish
Assistant Coach  United States Nelson Vargas
Assistant coach  United States Anthony Hazelwood
Goalkeeper coach  England Paul Crichton
Equipment manager  England Brad Smith
Head athletic trainer  United States Alex Witter
Assistant athletic trainer  United States Emmanuel Garcon

Individual records[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of match played 3 August 2019
Name Years League Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Total
1 United States Jaime Chavez 2016–2018 24 (63) 1 (5) 3 (6) 28 (74)
2 Cuba Ariel Martínez 2016–present 15 (66) 8 (12) 1 (7) 24 (85)
3 United States Dylan Mares 2017–present 16 (50) 4 (11) 2 (9) 22 (70)
4 Brazil Stefano Pinho 2017 17 (27) 0 (1) 4 (3) 21 (31)
5 Mexico Miguel González 2019–present 13 (10) 3 (6) 0 (1) 16 (17)
6 Italy Vincenzo Rennella 2016–2018 14 (39) 0 (1) 1 (8) 15 (48)
6 Ghana Kwadwo Poku 2016–2017 13 (49) 0 (1) 2 (5) 15 (55)
6 Cuba Darío Suárez 2018–present 9 (19) 4 (16) 2 (5) 15 (40)
9 Senegal Mohamed Thiaw 2019–present 10 (9) 2 (6) 0 (1) 12 (16)
10 Argentina Darío Cvitanich 2016 9 (26) 0 (0) 0 (1) 9 (27)

Most appearances[edit]

As of match played 3 August 2019
Name Years League Playoffs US Open Cup Total
1 Argentina Mario Daniel Vega 2016–2018 75 (0) 6 (0) 8 (0) 89 (0)
2 Cuba Ariel Martínez 2016–present 66 (15) 12 (8) 7 (1) 85 (24)
3 Canada Mason Trafford 2016–2018 69 (0) 6 (0) 9 (0) 84 (0)
4 United States Rhett Bernstein 2016–2018 66 (2) 6 (0) 6 (1) 78 (3)
5 United States Jaime Chavez 2016–2018 63 (24) 5 (1) 6 (3) 74 (28)
6 United States Dylan Mares 2017–present 50 (16) 11 (4) 9 (2) 70 (22)
7 United States Blake Smith 2016–2017 55 (1) 1 (0) 5 (0) 61 (1)
8 Ghana Kwadwo Poku 2016–2017 49 (13) 1 (0) 5 (2) 55 (15)
9 Sierra Leone Michael Lahoud 2016–2017 45 (1) 1 (0) 6 (0) 52 (1)
10 Republic of Ireland Richie Ryan 2016–2017 42 (0) 1 (0) 6 (0) 49 (0)

Managerial records[edit]

As of match played 3 August 2019
Name Nat. From To P W D L GS GA %W Honours Notes
Alessandro Nesta  Italy 1 September 2015[1] 17 November 2017[3] 71 35 17 19 111 77 049.30 (1) NASL Spring Season
(1) NASL Fall Season
Paul Dalglish  Scotland 25 January 2018[15] 37 30 3 4 121 22 081.08 (2) Sunshine Conference Championship
(2018, 2019)
(2) NPSL Championship
(2018, 2019)

Club culture[edit]

The Miami FC draw the bulk of their support from the suburbs in the south and west of Miami.[citation needed]

Rivalries[edit]

The closest team geographically was the Fort Lauderdale Strikers with games between the two sides often labelled the FL Clásico.[16] Fixtures with the other two teams in Florida, the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Jacksonville Armada are also keenly contested. These four teams competed for the Coastal Cup over the course of the 2016 season.

After the 2016 season Tampa Bay left the NASL for the United Soccer League and Fort Lauderdale ceased operations because of financial issues. That left Jacksonville as The Miami FC's only in-state rival in the NASL. Miami did however face Tampa Bay in the third round of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup, defeating the Rowdies by a score of 2–0.

When the NASL cancelled the 2018 season, Miami and Jacksonville continued their rivalry in the NPSL in both 2018 and 2019 as both clubs continued operation. The team also began a rivalry against Miami United FC dubbed "Magic City Clasico." The teams met in the Second Round of the 2018 U.S. Open Cup where United shocked FC, 3-1, to advance.[17]

Supporters group[edit]

Dade Brigade are the official supporters group of The Miami FC and they occupy the east stand of FIU Stadium which is known as the Brigade End for home games.[18] They are named for Miami-Dade County.

Honors[edit]

North American Soccer League[edit]

  • Spring championship (1): 2017
  • Fall championship (1): 2017

National Premier Soccer League[edit]

  • Sunshine Conference Championship (1): 2018, 2019
  • National Championship (1): 2018, 2019

Kit manufacturers and sponsorships[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Sponsor Ref
2016– Italy Macron No sponsor [19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Alessandro Nesta lands top job at Miami as AC Milan legend starts coaching career". dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved December 5, 2015.
  2. ^ "MACRON AND MIAMI FC SIGN FOR A 3 YEARS PARTNERSHIP". macron.com. Macron. November 20, 2015. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Gianluca Di Marzio :: Nesta saluta il Miami: "Grazie di tutto. Sono pronto per una nuova sfida"" (in Italian). November 17, 2017.
  4. ^ "ELEVEN FOUNDING MEMBERS TO LAUNCH A NEW LEAGUE IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE". National Premier Soccer League. November 15, 2018. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  5. ^ Carrick, Buzz (November 15, 2018). "NPSL is launching a pro league - could Fort Worth Vaqueros be involved?". Dallas News. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  6. ^ "Eleven Founding Members to Launch a New League in Association with the National Premier Soccer League". Miami FC. November 15, 2018. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  7. ^ Official, NISA (July 24, 2019). ""We are very excited @TheMiamiFC is joining @NISALeague and will begin competition this Fall 2019. Miami FC has a legacy of success and we welcome the level of competition they bring to the pitch," - Mr. John Prutch, Commissioner, NISA. #MiamiFC #NISAnationpic.twitter.com/34B7puXcP6". @NISALeague. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  8. ^ "The Miami FC Join NISA, Return to "Pro" Soccer". Magic City Soccer. July 24, 2019. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "MIAMI FC RESPONDS TO NORTH AMERICAN SOCCER LEAGUE CANCELLATION OF 2018 SEASON". MiamiFC.com. Miami FC. February 27, 2018. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "THE MIAMI FC 2 SOLIDIFIES INAUGURAL ROSTER WITH 10 ADDITIONS". MiamiFC.com. Miami FC. March 5, 2018. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  11. ^ "MIAMI FC 2 TO DEBUT IN NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE FOR 2018 SEASON". Miami FC. January 30, 2018.
  12. ^ "THE MIAMI FC 2: CHAMPIONSHIP PEDIGREE". MiamiFC.com. Miami FC. March 8, 2018. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  13. ^ https://www.miamifc.com/roster
  14. ^ "Staff". Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  15. ^ "Miami FC Hires Paul Dalglish as New Head Coach". www.miamifc.com. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  16. ^ http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/news/fort-lauderdale-strikers-look-to-win-the-first-ever-florida-clasico-as-they-face-miami-fc-this-weekend-7989187
  17. ^ "2018 US Open Cup Round 2: Miami United eliminates shorthanded Miami FC 2". Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  18. ^ http://www.dadebrigade.com/
  19. ^ "Miami FC partners with Macron". Miami FC. November 20, 2015. Retrieved June 27, 2016.

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