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Miami FC 2 and Miami United FC Play To Second Draw in as Many Weeks

By: Kartik Krishnaiyer

For the second straight week, the Magic City Derby was intense, and for the second successive week, it ended in a 1-1 draw. This match, however, played at St Thomas University featured beautiful weather as opposed to the rain-plagued match at Ted Hendricks Stadium last week and both teams were ready to tussle.

Early on Miami FC 2 controlled the flow of play,  controlling most of the possession and springing forward with attacks consistently. Miami FC 2 created and chances and were able to stop Miami United from using its pace on the flanks to create quick counter-attacking chances. During the first half of last week’s match, Miami United repeatedly forced Miami FC on the back foot with quick counter-attacking moves.

The Orange and Blue’s forward-thinking earned them a quick goal, going ahead 1-0 in the ninth minute. Jeff Michaud had time and space on the ball inside the opponent’s box and made no mistake with his finish to put Miami FC 2 up one early on.

Miami FC 2’s primary means of attack came from the left wing, where winger Coy Craft, a highly-touted player signed from FC Dallas this offseason and Tyler Polak frequently linked up and played interchangeably along the flank.

Though Miami FC 2 was the more threatening team through the first 30 minutes of the match,  the match was thrown into flux when Tyler Ruthven was handed two successive yellow cards and ejected from the match. Miami FC 2 Head Coach Paul Dalglish at this point opted for Shawn Chin to replace Ruthven at right back hoping Chin’s offensive prowess could help the Orange and Blue continue to push forward.

Playing with 10 men for the remainder of the half, Miami FC 2 felt a bit more offensive pressure from Miami United FC as the first half wore on, and Miami United would end up getting an equalizer seconds before the whistle blew. Miami United piled the pressure on especially the last five minutes of the half and the equalizer seemed inevitable. David Ochoa was particularly influential for Miami United pulling the strings from an attacking midfield position.

Miami FC 2’s utility man Sean McFarlane, who usually plays along the backline particularly at right back, turned into one of the team’s most potent offensive weapons in the second half. He constantly made quick, strong runs through Miami United FC’s defense while operating as a target forward. After the match, Dalglish indicated he felt playing a man down he needed to throw some pace on the pitch at the attacking end to stretch Miami United’s defense.

As the night grew longer, the match became chippier, with seven yellow cards being handed out by the end of the match. Many of these cards were for dissent as the inconsistency of the officials was bothering both teams. Hard fouls going both ways were repeatedly called but did not result in bookings, while arguments often did.

Miami United seemed destined to snatch a second goal in the early minutes of the second half but as the match wore on Miami FC 2 was finding space and exploiting United on the counter. Don Smart’s pace, as well as that of McFarlane, created defensive headaches for United. Dalglish tactical change did work and Miami FC 2 looked more comfortable going forward with McFarlane on the pitch.

In the second half stoppage time, tensions boiled over as a scuffle ensued after Miami FC 2’s Dylan Mares was fouled hard. Three red cards were given out, two to Miami United FC and one to Mares. The ensuring Miami FC 2 free kick didn’t trouble the Miami United keeper.

The match finished 1-1 for the second-consecutive week.


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Miami FC 2101Draw
Miami United FC101Draw

Miami FC 2 and Miami United Open up NPSL play with 1-1 draw

via press release:

The Miami FC 2 opened up its 2018 NPSL season with an intra-city showdown against Miami United FC in the Magic City Clásico. The match ended 1-1, as both teams played a clean, solid match on both sides of the ball.

An unexpected form of offense came by way of a threatening long throw-in by Tyler Ruthven in the 17th minute that rattled around the box and was eventually cleared out for a corner kick.

In the 36th minute, Aly Hassan won a free kick on the left side in the final third of the field. Mares took the free kick and swung it into the box. A scramble for the ball ensued, but Miami United was able to clear it out of danger.

Dylan Mares and Don Smart frequently linked up in Miami United FC’s territory, threatening to get into the box on a regular basis.

Miami FC 2 consistently ripped open Miami United’s defense with long through balls, either through the middle or through the wings, but marginal offside calls kept the Orange and Blue from finding the opening goal.

The match went into halftime tied at 0-0, with both teams getting their fair share of offensive opportunities.

Miami United FC fired the opening salvo early in the second half, taking a 1-0 lead on a Victor Pelae goal. Pelae tapped in a rebound after Daniel Vega made an outstanding, acrobatic save to keep the ball out of the net.

Substitute Stefano Fanfoni nearly tied the match in the 72nd minute, getting through on goal after a Miami FC offensive attack pulled the goalkeeper and defenders out of position. Fanfoni gathered the ball and shot at goal, but his shot sailed high over the crossbar.

The Orange and Blue kept pushing to find an equalizer, and they came close in the 83rd minute, when Mason Trafford got forward from his center back position and ripped a long distance shot that drifted wide of the goal.

With just seconds left in the match, two substitutes provided the deadly impact that tied the match. Sean McFarlane unleashed a precise forward pass into the box from around the halfway line. The pass found Jaime Chávez, who met the ball at its highest point and guided his header into the bottom right corner of the net.

The first-ever Magic City Clasico ended in 1-1 draw. A rematch will be played next weekend, when Miami FC 2 hosts Miami United FC at Bobcat Field at St. Thomas University. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.

Miami FC 2 Adds 10 to Inaugural Roster

via press release

MIAMI – The Miami FC 2 has fortified its NPSL roster with the addition of 10 new players. Here’s a rundown of all 10.  

Don Smart makes the jump to Miami from Indy Eleven, where he spent the past four seasons as a top player for the club. Smart’s pace and ability to pick out a teammate with any cross or pass make him a dangerous threat from the wing. He played against The Miami FC four times, accumulating a goal and two assists in those matches.

Dustin Corea transitions to Miami from FC Edmonton, where he spent the past three NASL seasons. Corea was Edmonton’s primary means of offense, operating as the main attacking player, scoring seven goals and providing 11 assists in 62 matches for the team. Corea can beat you in a variety of ways and is particularly calm, cool and collected from the penalty spot.

Aly Hassan has played most of his career in the USL and NASL. The 6-2 forward played from 2012 to 2015 with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers before short stints with the Ottawa Fury and North Carolina FC. Hassan played with the USL’s San Antonio FC in 2017, making eight league appearances and scoring once and converting in a penalty shootout in two U.S. Open Cup matches.

Tyler Polak moves to Miami after spending the last two seasons with FC Cincinnati. He made 54 appearances for Cincinnati during his time there and was a frequent contributor on their back line. Polak is also a former U.S. Soccer U-17 and U-20 international.

Manny Gonzalez has been playing in Florida for his entire professional career, spending four seasons with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and playing for the South Florida Surf in 2017. The Colombian midfielder started in the Surf’s 3-2 U.S. Open Cup loss against The Miami FC last May.

Shawn Chin returns to South Florida after spending two years with San Antonio FC and one season with the Colorado Springs Switchbacks. A versatile player who can range from forward to midfield to right back, Chin played with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers from 2014 to 2015 and scored made over 50 appearances. He finished third in assists handed out during the 2014 NASL season. Chin is also a former U.S. Soccer U-20 international.

Stefano Fanfoni is an Italian midfielder who had an accomplished career at Nova Southeastern University. Fanfoni earned All-Sunshine State Conference Second Team honors as a sophomore. He scored eight goals and notched 13 assists throughout his collegiate career.

Coy Craft heads to Miami after being a part of FC Dallas throughout his youth career and part of his senior career. Craft made 10 total appearances for FC Dallas, scoring one U.S. Open Cup goal. Craft spent the 2016 season with the Oklahoma City Energy on loan, making 16 appearances and tallying three goals. The 20-year-old attacker was also part of the U.S. Soccer U-20 squad that won the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

Sean McFarlane will follow up a highly successful 2017 season with the Colorado Springs Switchbacks with a transfer to Miami. A natural defender, McFarlane scored two goals in 29 appearances for the Switchbacks in his one and only season with the team. Born in Jamaica, McFarlane is a homegrown soccer product, having attended and played for Florida International University from 2013 to 2014.

Tomas Greco joins Miami after graduating from St. Thomas University. Greco played midfield for the Bobcats and enjoyed a fantastic final season with the team in 2017. He racked up six goals and eight assists in 16 matches and helped the Bobcats reach the second round of the 2017 NAIA National Championship.

The Miami FC will also feature 12 players from last years Miami FC roster for a total of 22 players set to compete in the 2018 Sunshine Conferece.