Cvitanich nets third goal, sees two others called off
Apr 15, 2016

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Miami FC was in Jacksonville, Friday night, to face off with the Armada. In a match that saw two goals taken off the board by offside calls and another two finding the woodwork, Miami FC would lose out to the Armada 2-1.

The Miami FC came out fast in the first half, creating multiple chances early on.

The first great opportunity for Miami FC came just nine minutes into the match. Dario Cvitanich played a perfectly weighted ball over the top to a streaking Jamie Chavez. Unfortunately, the Armada keeper was quick off his line and came up with a save.

In the 17th minute, Dario Cvitanich headed home the ball for what looked like his third goal of the season, but a tight offside call nullified the strike.

The Armada pushed back immediately, firing off three dangerous shots in a span of two minutes. The third came off the boot of Junior Sandoval and curled into the goal, putting Miami FC down 1-0 after 20 minutes of action.

The Miami FC was not deterred as they continued to push hard for an equalizer, which they would find in the 26th minute.

A Matuzalem free kick bounced around the box eventually landing at the feet of Adailton. Adailton then played a perfect ball to the far post where Cvitanich headed home the ball for his third goal in as many matches.

After a bad giveaway by the Armada, the Miami FC found themselves on a 3v2 fast break, in the 32nd minute, led by Ariel Martinez. Martinez decided to keep the ball but his strike would ricochet off both posts and somehow stay out, keeping the game level at 1-1.

Just five minutes later, the Armada’s Pascal Millien was able to put his side ahead. Daniel Vega saw the shot late and was not able to keep it out.

The Miami FC opened the second half with another great chance that was not meant to be.

Another Matuzalem free kick caused chaos in the Jacksonville box with Cvitanich finding himself in the right place at the right time, almost. For the second time in the match, his goal was taken away by an offside call.

Blake Smith was dangerous in the second half, creating multiple chances for the Miami FC.

In the 59th minute, Smith ripped off back-to-back volleys. The first was saved by the Armada keeper, while the second found the far post.

Smith again nearly tied the match up in the 71st minute, when his near-post cross barely missed the head of a marauding Brad Rusin.

With the Armada dropping back into a defensive shell, the Miami FC could not find an equalizer late in the match. When the final whistle blew the Miami FC had fallen to Jacksonville 2-1.

The Miami FC is back in action, Friday, April 22 when the team host Rayo OKC at FIU Stadium.