RECAP: The Miami FC Wins 3-1, Advances to First Round of Open Cup

May 6, 2018

(Photo Courtesy of Deportes Total USA)

MIAMI, Fla. (May 6, 2018) - The Miami FC began its 2018 U.S. Open Cup campaign on Sunday night, defeating FC Miami City 3-1 in the Play-In Round of the tournament.

Miami opened its account early on, taking a one-goal lead in the 11th minute following a brilliant bit of passing. Left back Tyler Polak sent forward a pass that forward Kris Tyrpak gathered in stride. Tyrpak lifted his head to see forward Don Smart open at the far post and sent a grounded cross that Smart buried to put Miami up 1-0. 

Shortly after, back-to-back powerful shots by Vincenzo Rennellla and Jeff Michaud forced crucial saves by FC Miami City's goalkeeper.

Despite only coming out of the half with one goal, it was one-way traffic throughout, with Miami dominating the ball and the majority of scoring chances. 

The second half started slow for Miami FC, and FC Miami City took advantage, scoring an equalizer in the 55th minute. 

But before that, at halftime, head coach Paul Dalglish made a bold substitution that paid huge dividends. Darío Suárez, who was signed a mere four days ago, came on for Vincenzo Rennella.

Suárez changed the complexion of the match with his pace and attacking bite. In the 57th minute, a ball cleared poorly out of the box landed in Suárez’ path and he uncorked a vicious left-footed half-volley that roared into the top left corner of the net.

Late in the match, Suárez came across a golden opportunity to net Miami’s third of the match. Dylan Mares sprung a counterattack by himself and caressed a through ball in Suárez' direction. The young Cuban forward rounded the goalkeeper skillfully and poked his effort at goal, but the ball drifted slightly away from the goal and ricocheted off the post. 

With the match in control, the Orange and Blue got an insurance goal in the first minute of stoppage time. Michaud, who had threatened FC Miami City's goalkeeper constantly with pinpoint long shots, curled a shot with tremendous velocity from the top of the box into the upper right corner of the net. 

Miami would cruise comfortably to a 3-1 win in the Play-In Round of the Open Cup.

The Miami FC will keep its focus squarely on the Open Cup, as it will now host Red Force FC on Wednesday, May 9 in the First Round of the tournament. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 pm at FIU Soccer Stadium. Visit MiamiFC.com or call 844-MIAMIFC to get your tickets now!

Quick Hits

Starting XI
GK: Vega
DEF: Polak, Trafford, Bernstein, Ruthen
MID: Mares, Martinez (79’ - McFarlane), Michaud
FWD: Tyrpak (90' - Hassan), Rennella (45’ - Suarez), Smart

Goals
11’ - Smart (MIA) | Assisted by Tyrpak
57’ - Suárez (MIA)
90'+1' - Michaud (MIA)

Bookings
21' - Ruthven (MIA)