10-Man Miami FC Grinds Out, 1-1, Draw Against Fort Lauderdale

Apr 2, 2016

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Miami FC kicked off its inaugural season, Saturday night, against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. After taking an early lead, Miami FC was brought down to 10 men, eventually seeing the Strikers find a late equalizer.

“For our first match ever, I am very happy with our performance,” said head coach Alessandro Nesta. “Looking ahead to next week, I am very confident that we will get the result we are looking for.”

Ariel Martinez found himself in the box ten minutes into the match and was brought down for a penalty. Dario Cvitanich stepped up to the spot and calmly slipped the ball past Strikers keeper Bruno to register the Miami FC’s first-ever goal.

After both teams had settled in, the Strikers pushed the envelope on offense but Miami FC was up to the task, keeping them off the board.

Just before the halftime whistle, Jorge Luis Corrales was issued a second yellow to bring the Miami FC down to 10 men.

The second half saw The Miami FC hunker down on defense to try and negate its man disadvantage.

Martinez and Blake Smith did a great job keeping possession in the midfield, limiting the Strikers offensive opportunities.  

With 20 minutes to play, the Fort Lauderdale pressure was mounting. A Striker cross caused chaos in the box with Mario Daniel Vega dropping to the far post to deny an equalizer.

Miami FC was able to get out on a fast break in the 85th minute. Martinez found himself facing an open goal, but his shot was cleared off the line by a last-ditch tackle.

Extra time would again prove fatal for Miami FC. Deep into the stoppage time, the Strikers drew a penalty that was converted by Maicon to even the match at 1-1.

The 1-1 score line would hold, as both teams walked away with a point.

The Miami FC are home next weekend on April 9th as they host the Tampa Bay Rowdies.