Miami FC

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Miami FC
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Full name Miami FC
Founded May 20, 2015; 2 years ago (2015-05-20)
Stadium Riccardo Silva Stadium
Miami, Florida
Stadium
capacity
20,000
President Riccardo Silva
Co-owner Paolo Maldini
Head Coach Alessandro Nesta
League North American Soccer League
2016 Spring: 11th
Fall: 5th
Combined: 7th
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club website
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 Riccardo Silva Stadium.[1][2]

History

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

League and cup history

Season NASL Overall NASL Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Top goalscorer Manager
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA Pts. Name League
2016 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 QF
Fall

Players

Current roster

As of August 16, 2017

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

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Herman, RyanRyan Herman  United States
2 Defender Borrajo, JonathanJonathan Borrajo  United States
3 Defender Rusin, BradBrad Rusin  United States
5 Defender Trafford, MasonMason Trafford  Canada
6 Midfielder Martínez, ArielAriel Martínez  Cuba
7 Midfielder Mares, DylanDylan Mares  United States
8 Forward Rennella, VincenzoVincenzo Rennella (on loan from Valladolid)  France
9 Forward Chavez, JaimeJaime Chavez  United States
10 Midfielder Poku, KwadwoKwadwo Poku  Ghana
11 Forward Dennis, AaronAaron Dennis  United States
12 Defender Ruthven, TylerTyler Ruthven  United States
14 Midfielder Kcira, Robert BaggioRobert Baggio Kcira  United States
15 Defender Freeman, HunterHunter Freeman  United States
17 Goalkeeper Vega, Mario DanielMario Daniel Vega  Argentina
18 Defender Bernstein, RhettRhett Bernstein  United States
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 Midfielder Palmer, LovelLovel Palmer  Jamaica
25 Defender Lambrughi, AlessandroAlessandro Lambrughi  Italy
26 Midfielder Lahoud, MichaelMichael Lahoud  Sierra Leone
28 Defender Farfán, GabrielGabriel Farfán  United States
29 Forward Pinho, StefanoStefano Pinho  Brazil
31 Midfielder Michel, Michel  Brazil
33 Goalkeeper Brown, LionelLionel Brown  United States
Miami FC President and co-owner, Riccardo Silva (centre) with Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima (left) and Miami FC Manager, Alessandro Nesta (right)

Staff

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

Top goalscorers

As of match played 7 October 2017
Name Years NASL U.S. Open Cup Total
1 United States Jaime Chavez 2016–present 15 (49) 3 (4) 18 (52)
2 Brazil Stefano Pinho 2017–present 13 (23) 4 (3) 17 (26)
3 France Vincenzo Rennella 2016–present 14 (35) 1 (5) 15 (40)
4 Ghana Kwadwo Poku 2016–present 11 (45) 2 (5) 13 (50)
5 Cuba Ariel Martínez 2016–present 10 (45) 0 (3) 10 (48)
6 Argentina Darío Cvitanich 2016 9 (26) 0 (1) 9 (27)
7 United States Dylan Mares 2017–present 6 (25) 0 (5) 6 (30)
8 Northern Ireland Jonny Steele 2016–present 2 (18) 0 (1) 2 (19)
8 United States Robert Baggio Kcira 2016–present 2 (14) 0 (2) 2 (16)
8 United States Rhett Bernstein 2016–present 1 (44) 1 (3) 2 (47)

Most appearances

As of Match played 7 October 2017
Name Years League Playoffs US Open Cup Total
1 Argentina Mario Daniel Vega 2016–present 60 (0) 5 (0) 0 (0) 65 (0)
2 Canada Mason Trafford 2016–present 54 (0) 6 (0) 0 (0) 60 (0)
3 United States Blake Smith 2016–present 52 (0) 5 (0) 0 (0) 57 (0)
4 United States Rhett Bernstein 2016–present 51 (1) 3 (1) 0 (0) 54 (2)
5 United States Jaime Chavez 2016–present 48 (15) 4 (3) 0 (0) 52 (18)
6 Ghana Kwadwo Poku 2016–present 45 (11) 5 (2) 0 (0) 50 (13)
7 Cuba Ariel Martínez 2016–present 46 (10) 3 (0) 0 (0) 49 (10)
8 Sierra Leone Michael Lahoud 2016–present 41 (1) 6 (0) 0 (0) 47 (1)
9 Republic of Ireland Richie Ryan 2016–present 38 (0) 6 (0) 0 (0) 44 (0)
10 United States Jonathan Borrajo 2016–present 37 (0) 2 (0) 0 (0) 39 (0)

Managerial records

As of match played 7 October 2017
Name Nat. From To P W D L GS GA %W Honours Notes
Alessandro Nesta  Italy September 1, 2015[3] 66 32 15 19 102 74 048.48

Club culture

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

Rivalries

The closest team geographically was 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.

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 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.

Supporters group

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.

Honors

League

Honor Champions Runners-up
North American Soccer League Soccer Bowl
Spring championship 2017
Fall championship

Kit manufacturers and sponsorships

Period Kit manufacturer Sponsor Ref
2016– Italy Macron No sponsor [8]

References

  1. ^ "MIAMI FC BECOMES 12TH NASL CLUB". NASL.com. May 20, 2015. Retrieved May 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ Evans, Simon (1 September 2015). "Alessandro Nesta lands top job at Miami as AC Milan legend starts coaching career". Daily Mail. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Alessandro Nesta lands top job at Miami as AC Milan legend starts coaching career". dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "MACRON AND MIAMI FC SIGN FOR A 3 YEARS PARTNERSHIP". macron.com. Macron. 20 November 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Staff". Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  6. ^ http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/news/fort-lauderdale-strikers-look-to-win-the-first-ever-florida-clasico-as-they-face-miami-fc-this-weekend-7989187
  7. ^ http://www.dadebrigade.com/
  8. ^ "Miami FC partners with Macron". Miami FC. 20 November 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 

External links

  • Official Website
  • Dade Brigade - The Miami FC's official Supporter Group
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