The Miami FC Forwards: Skill and Depth Personified

Dec 5, 2017

The Miami FC sported the NASL's best offense in 2017, accumulating 61 goals scored. Much of that success can be attribued to the Orange and Blue's stable of stellar attacking forwards. 

With Golden Ball winner Stéfano Pinho, dynamic Vincenzo Rennella and unstoppable Jaime Chávez, Miami's offense was a wrecking crew throughout the season.

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

Stéfano Pinho

The league's MVP, Pinho had an outstanding first season in Orange and Blue. Pinho one-upped his 2015 Golden Ball campaign by scoring one more goal and being a key reason Miami enjoyed a historic season.

Pinho's knack for finding open spaces among enemy backlines and his ability to strike the ball with both feet made him a terror for defenses. He was also an adept passer, notching several assists to go along with his league-leading goals.

Goals: 17
Assists: 4
Shots: 68
Chances Created: 14
Conversion Rate: 29.3%
Standout Performance: 4 goals, 2 chances created vs. San Francisco Deltas

Vincenzo Rennella

Rennella's age 29 season was a breakout campaign for the uber-talented forward. Possesssing dribbling ability, ball control, vision and an eye for goal, Rennella is a complete forward and it showed in 2017.

The Frenchman went on an unforeseen tear from late April to mid-June. Over a 17-match stretch across all competitions (NASL and U.S. Open Cup), Rennella knocked home 11 goals and six assists. A midseason injury slowed his torrid pace, but Rennella has established himself as one of the best players in the NASL.

Goals: 11
Assists: 6
Shots: 45
Chances Created: 29
Conversion Rate: 24.4%
Standout Performance: 2 goals, 1 assist and 3 chances created vs. Jacksonville Armada

Jaime Chávez

The leading assister in the NASL, Chávez began the season as a spot starter and dynamic substitute. Midway through the season, injuries to Miami's frontline forced Chávez into a frequent starting job, and he delivered.

The veteran went on a streak of six-consecutive matches with a goal scored, finding the back of the net nine times during that span. Most impressively, he was on a charitable rampage for much of the year, racking up five assists over his last six starts of the regular season.

Goals: 10
Assists: 9
Shots: 52
Chances Created: 25
Conversion Rate: 20.8%
Standout Performance: 3 goals on 4 shots vs. New York Cosmos