Miami FC

Miami FC
Full name Miami FC
Founded May 20, 2015 (2015-05-20)
Stadium Riccardo Silva Stadium
Miami, Florida
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

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 Darío Cvitanich 9 Alessandro Nesta
Fall 5th 22 9 6 7 31 27 33
2017 Spring 1st 16 11 3 2 33 11 36 1st Semifinals QF Stefano Pinho 17
Fall 1st 16 10 3 3 28 17 33

Average attendance

YearReg. SeasonPlayoffs
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
4 Defender Angelo Rubiano  Colombia
5 Defender Mason Trafford  Canada
7 Midfielder Don Smart  Jamaica
9 Forward Jaime Chavez  United States
10 Midfielder Ariel Martínez  Cuba
11 Forward Aly Hassan  United States
12 Midfielder Juanito Gonzalez  Colombia
15 Midfielder Stefano Fanfoni  Italy
16 Defender Shadi Atassi  United States
18 Defender Rhett Bernstein  United States
19 Midfielder Jeff Michaud  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

Staff

As of February 14, 2018 [10]
Position Nation Staff
Head coach ScotlandPaul Dalglish
Assistant coach ItalyGiuseppe DePalo
Assistant Coach USANelson Vargas
Goalkeeper coach USAGiuseppe Weller
Equipment manager EnglandBrad Smith
Head athletic trainer United StatesJoe Caroccio
Assistant athletic trainer United StatesEmmanuel Garcon

Individual records

Top goalscorers

As of match played 5 November 2017
Name Years NASL Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Total
1 Stefano Pinho201717 (27)0 (1)4 (3)21 (31)
2 Jaime Chavez2016–present15 (53)0 (1)3 (4)18 (57)
3 Vincenzo Rennella2016–present14 (37)0 (1)1 (5)15 (43)
3 Kwadwo Poku2016–201713 (49)0 (1)2 (5)15 (55)
5 Ariel Martínez2016–present10 (49)0 (1)0 (3)10 (53)
6 Darío Cvitanich20169 (26)0 (0)0 (1)9 (27)
7 Dylan Mares2017–present8 (29)0 (1)0 (5)8 (35)
8 Jonny Steele2016–present2 (18)0 (0)0 (1)2 (19)
8 Robert Baggio Kcira2016–present2 (14)0 (0)0 (2)2 (16)
8 Rhett Bernstein2016–present1 (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 Mario Daniel Vega2016–present64 (0)1 (0)5 (0)70 (0)
2 Mason Trafford2016–present57 (0)1 (0)6 (0)64 (0)
3 Blake Smith2016–201755 (1)1 (0)5 (0)61 (1)
4 Rhett Bernstein2016–present55 (1)1 (0)3 (1)59 (2)
5 Jaime Chavez2016–present52 (15)1 (0)4 (3)57 (18)
6 Kwadwo Poku2016–201749 (13)1 (0)5 (2)55 (15)
7 Ariel Martínez2016–present49 (10)1 (0)3 (0)53 (10)
8 Michael Lahoud2016–201745 (1)1 (0)6 (0)52 (1)
9 Richie Ryan2016–201742 (0)1 (0)6 (0)49 (0)
10 Vincenzo Rennella2016–present37 (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.

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

HonorChampionsRunners-up
North American Soccer LeagueSoccer Bowl
Spring championship2017
Fall championship2017

Kit manufacturers and sponsorships

Period Kit manufacturer Sponsor Ref
2016– 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. 1 2 "MIAMI FC RESPONDS TO NORTH AMERICAN SOCCER LEAGUE CANCELLATION OF 2018 SEASON". MiamiFC.com. Miami FC. February 27, 2018. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  4. 1 2 "THE MIAMI FC 2 SOLIDIFIES INAUGURAL ROSTER WITH 10 ADDITIONS". MiamiFC.com. Miami FC. March 5, 2018. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  5. 1 2 "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. 1 2 "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.
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