The Miami FC Midfielders: The Engine in the Machine

Nov 28, 2017

The Miami FC's brilliant 2017 season was fueled by the league's best offense and defense.

Crucial to the success of both of those phases was the Orange and Blue midfield, which featured a bevy of different contributors.

Let's take a look at the stats for all of Miami's midfielders. 

Kwadwo Poku

Poku delivered some of the most memorable moments in Miami FC history this season and was arguably the team's best most important player.

Poku's unrelenting motor, his penchant for cutting through any defense with the ball at his feet and his two-way ability to score goals or set his teammates up on a platter were all invaluable in 2017.

Goals: 7
Assists: 3
Shots: 24
Chances Created: 37
Passing Accuracy: 82.9%
Standout Performance: 1 game-winning goal, 1 assist, 2 chances created, 1 interception vs. Atlanta United (U.S. Open Cup)

Michael Lahoud

While Lahoud wasn't able to get off the schneid in terms of goals scored, his impact on a record-setting season was felt in nearly every match.

Lahoud played the most minutes of all Miami outfield players by a whopping 183 minutes and appeared in the most matches of all outfield players, tied with Hunter Freeman. 

Goals: 0
Assists: 4
Shots: 12
Chances Created: 18
Passing Accuracy: 90.3%
Standout Performance: 1 assist, 1 chance created, 4 interceptions vs. San Francisco Deltas

Richie Ryan

Another iron man in midfield, Ryan appeared in the second-most matches of all outfield players and played the third-most minutes.

Ryan's proficiency in linking the defense with the attack made him an indispensible starter through all of 2017. 

Goals: 0
Assists: 2
Shots: 12
Chances Created: 24
Passing Accuracy: 90.6%
Standout Performance: 2 assists, 3 chances created, 1 interception vs. New York Cosmos

Dylan Mares

In his first season with Miami after spending several seasons with Indy Eleven, Mares enjoyed a career year.

He ranked in the top 10 in the NASL in goals, assists and chances created, and his defensive work never went unnoticed.

Goals: 8
Assists: 5
Shots: 44
Chances Created: 42
Passing Accuracy: 86.4%
Standout Performance: 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 shots, 1 chance created, 1 interception vs. San Francisco Deltas

Ariel Martínez

Miami's super substitute, Martínez appeared in 23 matches in 2017, only six of which he started in.

Despite being used off the bench for much of the year, Martínez was one of the most efficient players in the NASL. His five assists were tied for fourth-best in the league and his three goals ranked sixth on the team.

Goals: 3
Assists: 5
Shots: 26
Chances Created: 25
Passing Accuracy: 86.5%
Standout Performance: 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 shots, 1 chance created in 21 minutes vs. Jacksonville Armada FC

Calvin Rezende

While not quite the dynamic super sub that Martínez proved to be, Rezende was very effective in his role.

A technically gifted player with a high work rate, Rezende was an important contributor on both offense and defense whenever he stepped on the field. 

Goals: 0
Assists: 1
Shots: 8
Chances Created: 9
Passing Accuracy: 90.0%
Standout Performance: 3 shots, 1 chance created vs. North Carolina FC

Michel

The newcomer veteran took on more of a specified role in 2017, coming on as a subtitute in 13 matches throughout the season.

Called upon frequently to settle games down with his ability to control tempo and let play run through him in midfield, Michel was a key figure in his age-36 season.

Goals: 1
Assists: 0
Shots: 3
Chances Created: 3
Passing Accuracy: 86.2%
Standout Performance: 1 goal, 3 shots vs. North Carolina FC