Miami United F.C.

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Miami United F.C.
Logo
Full name Miami United Football Club
Founded 2012
Stadium Ted Hendricks Stadium, Milander Park
Hialeah, Florida
Ground Capacity 5,221[1]
President Roberto Sacca
Head Coach Ricardo Páez
League National Premier Soccer League
Website Club home page

Miami United Football Club is an American soccer team based in Miami, Florida, United States. Founded in late 2012, the team made its debut in the Sunshine Conference of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in 2013. The team plays its home games at Ted Hendricks Stadium at Milander Park, located in Hialeah, Florida.

History[edit]

Name and club identity[edit]

Due to the ever evolving diversity of Miami and the rest of South Florida in general, the name United was chosen as a means of unifying the many different peoples that make up the city, hence one of the club's mottos "Bringing the community together for the LOVE of the game." Unlike other clubs that use the title "United" as an indicator of the amalgamation of two or more clubs to form the one, as in the case of the well known English side Newcastle United, the use of the title "United" serves more as a celebratory and honorary salute to the multiple histories, legacies, players and fans of the four previous clubs that have represented the city over the years, i.e. Miami Gatos, Miami Toros, Miami Fusion, and lastly Miami FC While Miami United F.C. has no official affiliation, nor claims to have any affiliation with any of the previous teams, the commitment to honor and celebrate the city's soccer past and cultural diversity remains a great part of the club's identity.

2013

Miami United played and won their first ever game in club history vs Cape Coral Hurricanes, 3–0, May 4, 2013. Miami finished the season in 3rd place in the NPSL Sunshine Conference.

2013 brought with it the creation of the youth and women's teams, along with new head coach Ferdinando De Matthaeis. Miami United FC also struck up a partnership with nearby Miami Dade College in a joint effort to develop youth soccer in Miami.[dubious ][citation needed]

2014

In 2014 Miami United's official jersey and equipment supplier changed. No longer was the team's jersey and equipment supplied by Admiral, but instead by the Italian sports apparel company Garman. Italian watch and jewelry maker Gaga Milano also became the team's jersey sponsor. Miami remained heavily engaged in the community forging successful 2nd, youth and women's teams. Miami's 1st team also improved on the field by creating a club that had a mixture of veteran players and younger local players. The club finished the regular season undefeated on top of Sunshine Conference. Miami defeated both Storm FC and Tampa Marauders to claim the 2014 Sunshine Conference title. Miami then went on to face Chattanooga FC in the NPSL Southern Regional Finals, but was defeated. Despite losing to Chattanooga, because Miami won the Sunshine Conference the club still qualified for a slot in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

After the NPSL post season, Miami United competed in an international friendly with Italian clubs Calcio Catania, Brescia Calcio and Novara Calcio. Miami won two of the three games.[dubious ][citation needed]

2015

In January, Miami United played the most important game in their short history, vs San Lorenzo de Almagro, the last champion of "Copa Libertadores" (the top continental club trophy in South America).

In the Spring of 2015, Miami United FC became partners with the Portuguese club C.S. Marítimo and Japanese club FC Osaka.[dubious ][citation needed]

2016

In January 2016, Miami United signed former Brazil international Adriano and Honduran international Julio César de León a.k.a "Rambo" De Leon.

Miami United were crowned Champions of the Sunshine Conference. The club went on to defeat Atlanta Silverbacks in the Southern Semi-Regional Finals. After defeating Atlanta, Miami United traveled north to Tennessee to face Chattanooga FC in the NPSL Southern Regional Finals yet again. Despite losing to Chattanooga in a PK shootout, because Miami won the Sunshine Conference the club still qualified for a slot in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Kits[edit]

Period Clothing sponsor Shirt sponsor
2012–2013 Admiral Admiral
2013– Garman GaGa Milano

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Season Record NPSL Playoffs US Open Cup
2013 4 NPSL 3rd, Sunshine 3-2-3 Did not qualify Did not qualify
2014 4 NPSL 1st, Sunshine 7-3-0 Southern Regional Did not qualify
2015 4 NPSL 2nd, Sunshine 6-0-4 Did not qualify 2nd Round
2016 4 NPSL 1st, Sunshine 9-0-1 Southern Regional Did not qualify

Stadium[edit]

Miami United play their home matches at Ted Hendricks Stadium, located in Milander Park in Hialeah, Florida.

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of May 9, 2016.[2]

No. Position Player Nation
20 Forward Ignacio Calcagno      United States
3 Defender Camacho      Brazil
5 Midfielder Ezequiel Tejera      Uruguay
7 Midfielder Alexis Dominguez      United States
8 Midfielder Fernando Guimaraes      United States
10 Forward Adriano      Brazil
11 Midfielder Mauricio Mori      Peru
14 Defender Danny Godoy      Venezuela
16 Midfielder Nabil Djerroud      United States
17 Forward Diego Hurtado      Colombia
18 Forward Ezequiel Pizzi      Italy
19 Midfielder Jonathan Leites      Uruguay
2 Defender Franco Donado      Colombia
21 Midfielder Bernardo      Brazil
37 Midfielder Julio César de León (Captain)     Honduras
99 Forward Wellington Cafu      Brazil
Goalkeeper Camilo Neira      Colombia
Goalkeeper Omar Soto      United States
Defender Darryl Gordon      United States
Defender German Tersano      Argentina
Defender Jesus Castellon      United States
Defender Rodrigo Alvim      Brazil
Midfielder Alexandre Gomez      United States
Midfielder Daniel Espantoso      United States
Midfielder Francisco Onezimo      United States
Midfielder Giliardi de Souza      United States
Midfielder Ignacio Echeveste      Argentina
Midfielder Joachim Pierre      United States
Forward Lorenzo Hernandez      Mexico
9 Midfielder Noah Sadaoui      Morocco

Current coaching staff[edit]

Role Name
Head Coach Venezuela Páez, RicardoRicardo Páez
Fitness Coach Venezuela Jimenez, Carlos JavierCarlos Javier Jimenez
Goalkeeping Coach Venezuela Aular, NelsonNelson Aular

Head coaches since 2012[edit]

Name Nation Tenure
Alcerro, RicardoRicardo Alcerro  Honduras 2012–13
De Matthaeis, FerdinandoFerdinando De Matthaeis  United States 2014
Manoel, SérgioSérgio Manoel  Brazil 2015
Páez, RicardoRicardo Páez  Venezuela 2016–present

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://wikimapia.org/1167835/Ted-Hendricks-Stadium
  2. ^ "Miami United FC Official Roster". miamiunitedsoccer.com. Miami United FC. Retrieved May 9, 2016. 

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