The Miami FC Brings Experience and Success to 2018 Open Cup Run

May 3, 2018

The Miami FC will take on Miami United FC on Wednesday, May 16 . at FIU Soccer Stadium in the Second Round of the U.S. Open Cup. Going into the match, the Orange and Blue has a distinct advantage over their intracity foes: Open Cup pedigree. 

In 2017, Miami FC rampaged through its Open Cup competition on its way to the quarterfinals. Along the way, Miami beat two MLS sides–Orlando City SC and Atlanta United FC–and suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat after a late goal by FC Cincinnati.

Though Miami FC's roster has undergone a bit of a makeover this season, 11 players from last year's team feature on the 2018 version.

Goalkeeper Daniel Vega is still holding his own between the sticks. Forward Jaime Chávez, who scored two important goals in last year's tournament, is currently a prominent figure for Miami.

Midfielder Dylan Mares appeared in all five Open Cup matches last season and will be tasked with controlling the midfield in a similar fashion this year. Along with forward/midfielder Vincenzo Rennella, who scored once and provided the match-winning assist against Atlanta, Miami can feel confident in its attacking options. 

Center back Mason Trafford, who played every second of every Open Cup match in 2017, returns to man the backline. He will once again pair with Rhett Bernstein, who started against Orlando City, Atlanta United and FC Cincinnati, and scored against Atlanta.

Miami FC fans likely remember current squad members Jeff Michaud and Manny Gonzalez for their performances against the Orange and Blue in last year's Open Cup. Both players were part of the South Florida Surf team that battled to a 3-2 defeat against Miami FC in the Second Round of the tournament.

That Surf team beat Red Force FC in the First Round, with a goal by Gonzalez and two from Michaud. Michaud also scored in the match against Miami, while Gonzalez played all 90 minutes of the close affair. 

Here are all of Miami FC's players who have appeared in Open Cup games over the years.

Dylan Mares: 11 appearances, 1 goal, 2 assists
Tyler Polak: 9 appearances
Mason Trafford: 9 appearances
Tyler Ruthven: 8 appearances, 1 assist
Shawn Chin: 7 appearances, 1 assist
Manny Gonzalez: 7 appearances, 2 goals
Jaime Chavez: 7 appearances, 4 goals
Daniel Vega: 7 appearances, 1 clean sheet
Vincenzo Rennella: 7 appearances, 1 goal, 1 assist
Don Smart: 7 appearances
Kris Tyrpak: 7 appearances, 2 goals, 1 assist
Jeff Michaud: 6 appearances, 6 goals
Jonny Steele: 5 appearances, 1 goal
Aly Hassan: 5 appearances, 4 goals, 1 assist
Ariel Martinez: 5 appearances
Rhett Bernstein: 5 appearances, 1 goal
Coy Craft: 4 appearances, 1 goal
Darío Suárez: 2 appearances, 2 goals
Sean McFarlane: 2 appearance
Lionel Brown: 1 appearance

With so many players that have experienced success in the Open Cup previously, Miami can hang its hat on going into Wednesday's matchup with a bit of an edge over its opponent.