PREVIEW: THE MIAMI FC TAKES ON JACKSONVILLE ARMADA IN SECOND DUEL

Jul 15, 2016
 
MIAMI, Fla. - The Miami FC stays put, Saturday, July 16, to host the Jacksonville Armada at 8 p.m., with three points in mind.
 
Not So Lucky
The Miami FC played the New York Cosmos, last Saturday, in their first home match of the fall season, in an end-to-end contest Miami would fall to the Cosmos in extra time 3-2.
 
The first goal of the match would come in the 39th minute, when the Cosmos took a 1-0 lead on a Lucky Mkosana strike. Goalkeeper, Daniel Vega, did his best to make Mkosana rethink his finish, but the ball found the back of the net right past him.
 
In the second half, striker, Dario Cvitanich would tie the match when he intuitively sent a long ball to a thundering Poku, leaving him 1-on-1 with the goalie. Poku scored his first goal for the Miami FC with a cross to the bottom left corner of the net.
 
The Cosmos were able to get a goal in the 81st minute after a one-time shot by Yohandry Orozco, but the Miami FC would not lay down. Jaime Chavez won a rightful penalty in the 86th minute. Cvitanich took the shot from the spot over an outstretched Cosmo’s keeper to tie the game at 2-2, scoring his 4th PK and 5th goal with the club.
 
Unluckily, a bounce off of Vega’s gloves and Mkosana’s leg resulted in the ball filtering into the goal during stoppage time to give the Cosmos a 3-2 win.
 
The Thin Invisible Line
The Miami FC and the Armada first met early in the spring season, with Jacksonville taking the match 2-1. The loss left a bitter taste in the team’s mouth, as the off side flag played a big part in the outcome.
 
Jacksonville took a 1-0 lead in the 20th minutes, just moments later a Dario Cvitanich header was wiped off the board by an off side call. The Miami FC tied the game up in the 26th minute after another Cvitanich header found the back of the net and the flag stayed down.
 
The Armada would respond retaking the lead just before halftime.
 
The Miami FC would push hard for an equalizer in the second half but off side calls and an Armada defensive shell would make sure the 2-1 score line remained.
 
Things are Clicking
The Miami FC have made a few additions to the roster and the moves are finally bearing fruit.

The Miami FC have scored at least one goal in the last three matches, the best streak this season. They have also scored in four of the last five contests.

Against the Cosmos the Miami FC netted two goals. The last time they scored two goals was April 22 against Rayo OKC.

During this scoring streak, the Miami FC has only needed to put 10 shots on target to net four goals.

The recent goal scoring form has been in part because of the improved passing. Over the last three matches, the Miami FC have completed 982 of 1,218 passes for a strong 80% completion rate.

The Miami FC has made at least 350 passes in the last three matches, including 462 against Minnesota United with a 83.5% completion rate.

Players to Watch
Striker Dario Cvitanich is having a great start this fall. He has tallied two goals in the first two matches of the season, and he continues to be one of the top goal scorers in the league.
 
He recorded a PK in each contest and also made an assist to Poku in the home match against the Cosmos.
 
Poku, one of the newest midfielders to join the squad, made his second appearance last week when Miami FC hosted the Cosmos, scoring a 1v1 goal and completing 22 passes.
 
Poku came from New York City FC of the MLS where he appeared in 24 matches, scored five goals and became a fan favorite.
 
Watch:
- ESPN 3
- Gol TV (Delayed)
 
Listen: 
- Radio Caracol 1260 AM
 
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