The Miami FC Looks to Keep Rolling in Carolina

Jul 21, 2016
MIAMI, Fla. – The Miami FC heads north to North Carolina this Friday to take on the Carolina Railhawks at WakeMed Soccer Park. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. live on CBS Sports Network.
 
Last Gasp
The Miami FC is coming off a hard-fought, 1-0, victory over the Jacksonville Armada.
 
A great run from Jaime Chavez forced the Armada’s Beto Navarro into a desperation tackle that drew a red card in the 11th minute.
 
The Miami FC took advantage of Jacksonville being a man down, out possessing the Armada 74% to 25% and out shot them 14 to seven.
 
Miami FC’s first scoring chance came in the 19th minute. Gabriel Farfan sent in a great cross that found the head of Chavez but he was off side. Chavez would again get under a great cross, this time from Jonny Steele, but was unjustly called offside once again.
 
With time running out it looked as if the Armada would escape with a point but it was not meant to be. Two minutes into extra time, Ariel Martinez fired a shot that ricocheted in the box with Chavez collecting the rebound and scoring for the game-winner.
 
The Start of a Wonderful Thing
The Miami FC and the Carolina RailHakws first met on May 14 with both sides in need of a positive result. The Miami FC was in the midst of a four-match losing streak, while the RailHawks had dropped their last two after winning the first four matches of the spring season.
 
The RailHawks flexed their offensive muscle early on, but goalkeeper Daniel Vega came up with an acrobatic full-stretch save to keep the game level. Calvin Rezende played a great match, including a perfectly floated ball into the box in the 50th minute that was just too long for a streaking Dario Cvitanich.
 
When it was all said and done, the Miami FC left Cary, NC with a point and the club’s first shutout. The night belonged to Vega who registered five saves on the night.
 
The draw set off a positive stretch for the Miami FC that saw two more shutouts and the club’s first victory.
 
1-0 is the Lucky Number
The Miami FC has two wins under its belt and both came with 1-0 score lines, but that isn’t the only similarity.
 
The club’s first ever win came against FC Edmonton during the spring season and they are coming off the second last week against the Jacksonville Armada.
 
Chavez was involved in both game-winning goals. He picked up an assist on Martinez’s goal against Edmonton and scored last week's goal against Jacksonville.
 
The Miami FC won the possession battle in both wins, owning a staggering 75% against the Armada.
 
The defense was stellar in both matches, not allowing a goal in either. The Miami FC were precise with their tackles winning at least 80%, including 90% against the Armada.
 
Players to Watch
Jaime Chavez has been the Miami FC’s start man during the fall season.
Through three matches, Chavez has been brought down after slicing through opposing backlines, drawing two penalties, and a red card.
 
The striker has played every minute of the fall season thus far for the Miami FC. He has put four shots on goal, scoring once, while also creating three scoring chances for his teammates.
 
Rhett Bernstein has been a rock for the Miami FC defense, featuring in every shutout this season.
 
Bernstein made only his second start when the Miami FC took on the RailHawks for the first time. It was a banner night for the club as they picked up their first shutout, against one of the best offenses at the time. He was also key in the Miami FC’s most recent shutout, last week against the Armada.
 
Plus, he's been a major contributor in the passing game. Building from the back, Bernstein has completed 375 of 445 passes, for a strong 84.3% passing accuracy. He is also completing nearly 50% of his long balls in 2016.
 
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