NPSL Teams Preview: Sunshine Conference

Feb 28, 2018

The Miami FC 2 will soon begin play in the NPSL. The team will face an eclectic mix of teams, both seasoned and relatively new. Though many of the teams have never faced off against Miami FC 2, some familiar faces will be present. 

Miami United FC

2017 Conference Finish: 2nd
2017 League Power Rankings Finish: 29th of 96
2017 U.S. Open Cup Finish: Lost to Jacksonville Armada in Second Round

Playing in the Sunshine Conference, Miami United finished in second place, trailing only their city counterparts, Miami Fusion FC. They won the conference in 2016. Miami United beat Boca Raton FC in the first round of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup, but lost a tight affair 2-1 to Jacksonville Armada FC in the following round. 

Miami United FC is one of the longest tenured NPSL clubs, having played there since 2013. 

Miami FC 2 Match Dates: April 15 at Miami United FC; April 21 at home

Boca Raton FC

2017 Conference Finish: 6th
2017 League Power Rankings Finish: 79th of 96
2017 U.S. Open Cup Finish: Lost to Miami United FC in First Round

Active since 2015, Boca Raton FC won two Fall Season and two Spring Season championships in the APSL before making the jump to the NPSL in 2017. Though Boca Raton FC struggled last season defensively, its offense was able to put up 14 goals in 12 matches. With an experienced and accomplished manager in Jim Rooney at the helm, Boca should be in for a rebound season in 2018.

Miami FC 2 Match Dates: May 16 at home; June 2 at Boca Raton FC

Jacksonville Armada FC

2017 Conference Finish: 3rd in Sunshine Conference (U-23) and 5th in NASL
2017 League Power Rankings Finish: 36th of 96 (U-23)
2017 U.S. Open Cup Finish: Lost to Tampa Bay Rowdies in Second Round (U-23); Lost to Charleston Battery in Third Round

Miami FC 2 fans will know Jacksonville Armada FC, as the two teams have played each other numerous times in the NASL over the past two years. Jacksonville's under-23 team has been competing in the NPSL since 2016, having finished second and third in the conference over the last two seasons, respectively.

With the NASL season a few months away, much of Jacksonville's regular squad will join the under-23 team in the NPSL this season. That should make for a continued rivalry between Jacksonville and Miami FC 2. 

Miami FC 2 Match Dates: April 29 at Jacksonville Armada FC; May 19 at home

Naples United FC

2017 Conference Finish: 7th
2017 League Power Rankings Finish: 90th of 96
2017 U.S. Open Cup Finish: Did not participate

Though they finished last in the conference, Naples United allowed a measly nine goals through 11 matches. Its poor goalscoring tally of four was the main reason they struggled to win matches. They'll look to improve mightily on offense in 2018. 

Miami FC 2 Match Dates: May 6 at home; June 27 at Naples United FC

Palm Beach United FC

2017 Conference Finish: 5th
2017 League Power Rankings Finish: 63rd of 96
2017 U.S. Open Cup Finish: Did not participate

Formerly known as "Beaches FC", the team rebranded ahead of the 2018 NPSL season. The team will be hoping the new name will result in a better performance this season, as they finished fifth in the conference last season. Despite the low finish, their goal differential was only -1, so a bit of bad luck can be attributed to their low finish.

Miami FC 2 Match Dates: May 26 at Palm Beach United; June 13 at home

Storm FC

2017 Conference Finish: N/A
2017 League Power Rankings Finish: N/A
2017 U.S. Open Cup Finish: Did not participate

Storm FC went on a brief hiatus from the NPSL in 2017, but they are back for 2018 and will be hungry to capture the conference title. Based in Pembroke Pines, the local team has played three seasons in the NPSL, with its first season coming in 2014. Storm FC has finished third, sixth and fifth in the conference in previous seasons.

Miami FC 2 Match Dates: May 30 at Storm FC; June 20 at home

 

The Miami FC 2's inaugural season kicks off on April 15 on the road against Miami United. The home opener will be held on April 21 at St. Thomas University against Miami United at 7 p.m. Get your tickets now at MiamiFC.com!