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Miami FC
Miami FC logo.svg
Full name Miami FC
Founded May 20, 2015; 3 years ago (2015-05-20)
Stadium Riccardo Silva Stadium
Miami, Florida
Stadium
capacity
20,000
President Riccardo Silva
Co-owner Paolo Maldini
Head Coach Paul Dalglish
League North American Soccer League
2017 Spring: 1st
Fall: 1st
Combined: 1st
Playoffs: Semifinals
Website Club website

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. They play home games at Riccardo Silva Stadium.[1][2] Following the cancellation of the 2018 NASL season, the team is on hiatus, with some of its players playing with Miami FC 2 in the National Premier Soccer League.[3][4]

History

In September 2015, Alessandro Nesta was appointed as the club's first coach.[5] On November 20, 2015 Italian sportswear company Macron were announced as the clubs kit suppliers on a three-year deal.[6] Nesta resigned as coach following the completion of the 2017 season, on 17 November.[7]

Miami FC 2

Miami FC 2 logo

In January 2018, Miami FC announced the creation of Miami FC 2 in the National Premier Soccer League. The intention was for Miami FC's players to play with Miami FC 2 while waiting for the NASL's proposed winter schedule to take effect.[8] Following the outright cancellation of the 2018 NASL season the following month, the organization announced its intention to go forward with Miami FC 2 while exploring all options for Miami FC to resume play "as soon as possible".[3] Ten of the NASL team's players from the 2017 season were brought over to the NPSL side's roster.[4][9]

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 1st Semifinals QF Brazil Stefano Pinho 17
Fall 1st 16 10 3 3 28 17 33

Average attendance

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

Players

Miami FC 2 Current roster

As of May 3, 2018

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

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Ryan Herman  United States
2 Defender Tyler Ruthven  United States
3 Defender Tyler Polak  United States
4 Defender Angelo Rubiano  Colombia
5 Defender Mason Trafford  Canada
6 Midfielder Dylan Mares  United States
7 Midfielder Don Smart  Jamaica
8 Forward Vincenzo Rennella (on loan from Valladolid)  Italy
9 Forward Jaime Chavez  United States
10 Midfielder Ariel Martínez  Cuba
11 Forward Aly Hassan  United States
12 Midfielder Juanito Gonzalez  Colombia
14 Midfielder Coy Craft  United States
15 Midfielder Stefano Fanfoni  Italy
16 Defender Shadi Atassi  United States
17 Goalkeeper Mario Daniel Vega  Argentina
18 Defender Rhett Bernstein  United States
19 Midfielder Jeff Michaud  United States
20 Forward Kris Tyrpak  United States
21 Midfielder Tomas Greco  Argentina
22 Midfielder Jonny Steele  Northern Ireland
23 Defender Sean McFarlane  Jamaica
32 Midfielder Manny Gonzalez  Colombia
33 Goalkeeper Lionel Brown  United States
88 Defender Shawn Chin  United States
92 Midfielder Darío Suárez  Cuba
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 February 14, 2018 [10]
Position Nation Staff
Head coach  Scotland Paul Dalglish
Assistant coach  Italy Giuseppe DePalo
Assistant Coach  USA Nelson Vargas
Goalkeeper coach  USA Giuseppe Weller
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 5 November 2017
Name Years NASL Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Total
1 Brazil Stefano Pinho 2017 17 (27) 0 (1) 4 (3) 21 (31)
2 United States Jaime Chavez 2016–present 15 (53) 0 (1) 3 (4) 18 (57)
3 Italy Vincenzo Rennella 2016–present 14 (37) 0 (1) 1 (5) 15 (43)
3 Ghana Kwadwo Poku 2016–2017 13 (49) 0 (1) 2 (5) 15 (55)
5 Cuba Ariel Martínez 2016–present 10 (49) 0 (1) 0 (3) 10 (53)
6 Argentina Darío Cvitanich 2016 9 (26) 0 (0) 0 (1) 9 (27)
7 United States Dylan Mares 2017–present 8 (29) 0 (1) 0 (5) 8 (35)
8 Northern Ireland Jonny Steele 2016–present 2 (18) 0 (0) 0 (1) 2 (19)
8 United States Robert Baggio Kcira 2016–present 2 (14) 0 (0) 0 (2) 2 (16)
8 United States Rhett Bernstein 2016–present 1 (48) 0 (1) 1 (3) 2 (52)

Most appearances

As of Match played 5 November 2017
Name Years League Playoffs US Open Cup Total
1 Argentina Mario Daniel Vega 2016–present 64 (0) 1 (0) 5 (0) 70 (0)
2 Canada Mason Trafford 2016–present 57 (0) 1 (0) 6 (0) 64 (0)
3 United States Blake Smith 2016–2017 55 (1) 1 (0) 5 (0) 61 (1)
4 United States Rhett Bernstein 2016–present 55 (1) 1 (0) 3 (1) 59 (2)
5 United States Jaime Chavez 2016–present 52 (15) 1 (0) 4 (3) 57 (18)
6 Ghana Kwadwo Poku 2016–2017 49 (13) 1 (0) 5 (2) 55 (15)
7 Cuba Ariel Martínez 2016–present 49 (10) 1 (0) 3 (0) 53 (10)
8 Sierra Leone Michael Lahoud 2016–2017 45 (1) 1 (0) 6 (0) 52 (1)
9 Republic of Ireland Richie Ryan 2016–2017 42 (0) 1 (0) 6 (0) 49 (0)
10 Italy Vincenzo Rennella 2016–present 37 (14) 1 (0) 5 (1) 43 (15)

Managerial records

As of match played 5 November 2017
Name Nat. From To P W D L GS GA %W Honours Notes
Alessandro Nesta  Italy 1 September 2015[5] 17 November 2017[7] 71 35 17 19 111 77 049.30 (1) NASL Spring Season
(1) NASL Fall Season

Club culture

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

Rivalries

The closest team geographically was the Fort Lauderdale Strikers with games between the two sides often labelled the FL Clásico.[11] 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.[12] They are named for Miami-Dade County.

Honors

League

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

Kit manufacturers and sponsorships

Period Kit manufacturer Sponsor Ref
2016– Italy Macron No sponsor [13]

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 "MIAMI FC RESPONDS TO NORTH AMERICAN SOCCER LEAGUE CANCELLATION OF 2018 SEASON". MiamiFC.com. Miami FC. February 27, 2018. Retrieved April 13, 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "THE MIAMI FC 2 SOLIDIFIES INAUGURAL ROSTER WITH 10 ADDITIONS". MiamiFC.com. Miami FC. March 5, 2018. Retrieved April 13, 2018. 
  5. ^ a b "Alessandro Nesta lands top job at Miami as AC Milan legend starts coaching career". dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "MACRON AND MIAMI FC SIGN FOR A 3 YEARS PARTNERSHIP". macron.com. Macron. 20 November 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Gianluca Di Marzio :: Nesta saluta il Miami: "Grazie di tutto. Sono pronto per una nuova sfida"" (in Italian). 17 November 2017. 
  8. ^ "MIAMI FC 2 TO DEBUT IN NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE FOR 2018 SEASON". Miami FC. January 30, 2018. 
  9. ^ "THE MIAMI FC 2: CHAMPIONSHIP PEDIGREE". MiamiFC.com. Miami FC. March 8, 2018. Retrieved April 13, 2018. 
  10. ^ "Staff". Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  11. ^ http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/news/fort-lauderdale-strikers-look-to-win-the-first-ever-florida-clasico-as-they-face-miami-fc-this-weekend-7989187
  12. ^ http://www.dadebrigade.com/
  13. ^ "Miami FC partners with Macron". Miami FC. 20 November 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 

External links

  • Official website
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