Path to the Pros: Dreams Realized

Dec 12, 2018

With the Miami FC's Open Tryout exactly one month away, soccer dreams are ready to be fulfilled. Players within the South Florida area or from abroad will have their opportunities to impress the coaching staff of a top-class organization and possibly earn a spot on the team's 2019 roster. 

When the Miami FC held an Open Tryout back in 2016, the year of its inception, over 200 participants showed up and showcased their skills. Five of those participants fought through two rounds and etched their names onto Miami FC's inaugural roster. Four of those five contributed in various capacities for the team during the 2016 season and have gone on to contribute for other teams throughout the country. 

The longest tenured of those five players was Robert Baggio Kcira. Kcira began his career as a wide midfielder and appeared in three matches during his first year, taking in his environment and learning from veteran players at the young age of 22. In 2017, Kcira made a position switch, converting into a left back for Alessandro Nesta's 4-4-2 formation that featured heavy offensive involvement from the fullbacks. 

While most players would struggle to adapt to playing in defense rather than midfield, Kcira made the transition seamlessly. Kcira earned the starting left back spot out of preseason and started in 12 of Miami's first 13 games of the season, including two U.S. Open Cup matches that resulted in victories. One of those matches was a 3-1 road victory over Orlando City SC in which Kcira played all 90 minutes and recorded an assist on Miami's final goal. During that NASL Spring Season, Kcira scored a rocket from range in a 3-2 win over Indy Eleven and followed it up with an assist on what would be the deciding goal the following week against the same opponent.

Kcira's 2017 season was unfortunately cut short in mid-June, with a knee injury forcing him to miss the rest of the year. Miami sorely missed Kcira's offensive dynamism and defensive solidity as they played on without him. He finished his second season in Miami with a goal and two assists over 13 matches while helping lead the team to nine wins and three draws in his appearances.

For more information on the 2019's Open Tryout and to register now visit MiamiFC.com/Open-Tryouts!