The Miami FC 2: Championship Pedigree

Mar 8, 2018

With the inaugural season of The Miami FC 2 set to get underway soon, there are plenty of new faces in Orange and Blue. A total of 10 new players were recently added to the team and have already begun training. 

Despite the infusion of new talent, Miami FC 2 will feature a bevy of Miami FC players who were part of the historic team that won the NASL Fall and Spring Season championship trophies in 2017. 

Vincenzo Rennella

The French forward enjoyed a breakout season in 2017, scoring 11 goals and providing six assists. Rennella ranked in the top three in the NASL in both categories. 

Jaime Chávez

Chávez scored 10 goals and led the league with nine assists last season. From Aug. 15 to Sept. 24, he went on a tear, scoring a goal in six straight matches and totaling nine goals over that span.

Michael Lahoud

A true iron man, Lahoud totaled the most minutes of any Miami FC outfield player last season. He completed 90.3% of his passes and notched four assists with 18 chances created. 

Dylan Mares

Mares was named to the NASL Best XI of 2017 after scoring eight goals and assisting on five others. Both tallies ranked in the top 10 in the NASL, as did his 42 scoring chances created. 

Ariel Martínez

Considered a "super sub", Martínez scored three goals and dished out five assists in 23 appearances. His wonder strike in a 7-0 win over eventual champions San Francisco Deltas was named the NASL Play of the Month for July.

Jonny Steele

Steele appeared in the opening match of the 2017 season and started in Miami FC's U.S. Open Cup win against the South Florida Surf.

Rhett Bernstein

Bernstein was a brick wall in 2017, leading the back line for the best defense in the league. He finished the season with 143 clearances, 19 blocks and 48 interceptions, all while completing 91.2% of his passes. 

Mason Trafford

Trafford was named to the NASL Bext XI in 2017. He recorded 99 clearances and 26 interceptions, and completed a team-high 92.5% of his passes. 

Tyler Ruthven

Ruthven appeared in six matches in 2017, racking up 29 clearances, 10 blocks and five interceptions, while also completing 91.5% of his passes.

Daniel Vega

Vega played in all 2880 minutes of the 32 matches played by Miami, as well as every minute of every match in the U.S. Open Cup and the postseason. He won the NASL Golden Glove and was named to the NASL Best XI. 

Ryan Herman

Herman served as one of the team's backup goalkeepers. He was featured on the match day roster for every game of the season, including the U.S. Open Cup and NASL Championship Semifinal. 

Lionel Brown

Brown served as one of the team's backup goalkeepers and was featured on the match day roster three times.