Preview: The Miami FC 2 Travels North to Face FC Motown in NPSL National Championship

Aug 3, 2018

MATCH NOTES

MIAMI (August 3, 2018) - After a lengthy regular season and playoff run, Miami FC 2 will culminate its 2018 season on Saturday, August 4, when it will face off against FC Motown on the road in the NPSL National Championship.

Miami En Fuego
As the temperature has risen during the summer months in South Florida, Miami FC 2 has unleashed a heat wave of its own on the NPSL.

The Orange and Blue is on an unprecedented tear at the moment, having won its last nine matches. Over that span, Miami has dominated its opponents to the tune of a 25-3 combined scoreline.

Going back even further, the Orange and Blue has outscored opponents 38-4 over the past 13 matches, dropping just one match in the process.

With the team operating at maximum efficiency, Miami is the favorite to hoist the NPSL Championship Trophy at the end of the night on Saturday at Drew University. 

Unstoppable Force, Meet Impenetrable Object
It's no surprise that FC Motown and Miami FC 2 are the two remaining teams out of 96 on the final matchday of the 2018 NPSL season.

Both teams finished first in their conferences and breezed through the playoffs, owning two of the best records and goal differentials in the NPSL throughout the whole season. 

With both teams having given up just five goals during the regular season, most would assume goals to be hard to come by in this match. But Miami''s 41 and Motown's 54 goals scored signal that this match could go in any direction.

With the best offenses and defenses on display in the Championship, this match will likely come down to which players can make the difference with a single moment of brilliance.

Players to Watch
Daniel Vega will be paramount on Saturday night, and the Argentinian has shown to be up for it all season.

Throughout the regular season and playoffs, Vega has allowed a meager seven goals in 15 matches, which is good for a ridiculous 0.467 goals against average. 

With nine clean sheets earned and 38 shots saved, Vega has been a proverbial brick wall this season, and he will be needed to be in top form on Saturday night.

Given his experience and performances in key matches during his time in Miami, that won't be an issue for the star goalkeeper. 

Along with Vega, Jaime Chávez has big-match experience and has shown up when Miami has needed him in the past.

The team's leading goalscorer, Chávez' 10 goals on 22 shots on target showcase his adept finishing ability.

Chávez' darting runs and strength on or off the ball make him a nuisance for defenses, and his passing vision allows him to hold the ball up top and find runners in the box.

Motown has sprung some minor leaks recently, giving up three goals in its past two matches. Some holes in the defense could give Chávez the space he needs to get a crucial goal.