Keep Your Enemy Closer: Miami United FC

May 14, 2018

MIAMI (May 14, 2018) - The Miami FC will play against Miami United FC for the third time in just over a month, this time in the 2nd Round of the U.S. Open Cup. The third iteration of the Magic City Clásico will be settled on Wednesday, May 16 at FIU Soccer Stadium. 

Familiar Foe
Wednesday night will be the third match Miami FC and Miami United FC play in the 2018 season.

The first two matches were a home and away split, with both ending in 1-1 draws.

The two matches were highly contested and fiery, as 13 cards were handed out across the two matches, including four red cards.

With both teams evenly balanced and tempers flaring whenever these two take the field, Wednesday night should provide some fireworks.

High-Powered Offense
Miami United FC has been on fire to start the 2018 season, scoring goals in bunches. 

Through five NPSL matches, Miami United has poured in a whopping 18 goals, while allowing just two.

In its first Open Cup match of the season, Miami United scored five goals and came away with a three-goal victory over FC Kendall.

They are coming off of a 9-0 slaughter of Storm FC in league play, and will hope that that offensive form translates to the Open Cup on Wednesday night.

Players to Watch
David Ochoa is Miami United FC's captain and most important player. 

The veteran Colombian midfielder has appeared in every match for Miami United this seaspn, scoring four goals in six matches. 

Ochoa's latest goal was an absolute beauty; a free kick that he lined up perfectly and unleashed into the top right corner of the net from a shocking distance to sink FC Kendall in the First Round of the Open Cup.

In that match, Ochoa scored a hat-trick. He'll be anxious to get on the scoresheet in an Open Cup match once again this Wednesday.

Nicolas Gorobsov is in his first year with the club, but he has had no trouble geting acclimated to the team. 

In five matches, Gorobsov has found the back of the net an impressive four times. 

Three of those goals came as a substitute in Miami United's NPSL win over Boca Raton FC.

His one other goal was a fantastic strike in Miami United's 5-2 victory over FC Kendall in last week's Open Cup match.

Up Next
If Miami FC wins, it will advance to the Third Round of the Open Cup and play an Open Cup match next Wednesday on the road against the Tampa Bay Rowdies or Jacksonville Armada FC. Regardless of whether Miami FC wins this Wednesday or not, the Orange and Blue will return to NPSL action on Saturday, May 26, when it will play Palm Beach United on the road.