PREVIEW: THE MIAMI FC HEADS NORTH FOR IN-STATE CLASH WITH JACKSONVILLE

Apr 14, 2016
MIAMI, Fla. – The Miami FC returns to action, Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m. when the team takes on the Jacksonville Armada FC in Jacksonville, Fla.
 
The Same but Different
The Miami FC hosted its inaugural home opener last week taking on the Tampa Bay Rowdies in front of a staggering crowd of 10,156 ravenous fans. Though the surroundings were different, the action on the field was all too familiar.
 
Dario Cvitanich would once again open the scoring, this time waiting an extra five minutes to put Miami FC ahead. An Ariel Martinez cross caused chaos in the Rowdies box in the 17th minute, with the ball eventually finding its way to Cvitanich who buried it into the top-netting.
 
Again, The Miami FC would play stellar second half defense, led by keeper-in-form Daniel Vega, as it held on to its narrow advantage. Come the 85th minute, déjà vu would rear its head, as Miami FC would give up a penalty shot. The Rowdies’ Hristov would convert the chance, with the match ending in a, 1-1, draw.
 
Fresh on the Scene
Friday’s match will feature two of the newest teams to join the burgeoning NASL. The Miami FC is two matches into its first season, while the Armada debuted April of 2015.
 
Jacksonville opened its 2016 season with a tough road match against the Cosmos. If you just looked at the box score, it would appear that the Armada came with a convincing victory. Unfortunately, they struggled to finish and fell the Cosmos, 2-0.
 
The Miami FC has collected two points in two matches, thanks to stout defense and Cvitanich’s right boot. The club will be looking to capture its first-ever victory Friday night, at Community First Park.
 
The Florida Campaign
The Miami FC is wasting no time establishing healthy rivalries with its Florida counterparts. The team’s first three games of the spring season come against local opposition, in Fort Lauderdale, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville.
 
Miami FC started its campaign with a draw against the Strikers. The team then hosted the Rowdies, playing to a draw in front of over 10K fans.
 
The Miami FC now closes out its Florida slate on the road against the Jacksonville Armada.
 
Let the Accolades Rain
Two matches and two Team of the Week nods for The Miami FC. Goalkeeper Daniel Vega was named to the second NASL Team of the Week, after a great performance against Tampa Bay.
 
Vega made five saves against the Rowdies, including an astounding full-stretch stop on a bending strike by Tampa Bay’s Kalif Alhassan.
 
Miami FC Players to Watch
Dario Cvitanich followed up his Team of the Week performance with his first goal from the run of play. He is one of only two players in the NASL to have scored in the first two matches of the season thus far.

Cvitanich comes to the NASL after a strong career in Europe and Mexico. He had great success with, French club, Nice. In 69 appearances Cvitanich netted 30 goals. In two stints with Liga MX side Pachuca, he scored 15 goals in 46 matches.
 
Adailton has been a rock in front of a Miami FC defense that is yet to concede a goal from the run of play. He has played all 180 minutes this season and has been a dominant force for the club.
 
As a defensive midfielder, Adailton has won eight tackles and registered seven interceptions, conceding only three fouls. His 15 clearances rank third in the NASL.
 
Adailton brings a true championship pedigree to the Miami FC. As a youth player, he helped Brazil capture the 2003 U-20 World Cup. In 2007, Adailton led, Brazilian giants, Santos FC to the 2007 Campeonato Paulista. In his only season with Swiss side FC Sion, the club took home the 2010-11 Swiss Cup. 
 
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