The Miami FC Opens 2019 Season with Convincing Magic City Clásico Victory

Apr 20, 2019

MIAMI (April 20th, 2019) – The reigning NPSL National Champions, The Miami FC, kicked off its title defense Saturday night hosting crosstown rivals Miami United FC at Barry Univeristy in the Magic City Clásico. Last season saw the two teams earn draws in the first two meetings, followed by Miami United defeating Miami FC in the Secound Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. An explosive first half saw the Orange and Blue win its first Clásico clash, 2-0, with tremendous goals by Darío Suárez and Tomas Granitto, in front of a sellout crowd of 1,252 raucous fans..

The early stages of in the first half were tightly contested and chippy, which has come to be expected when these two rivals meet. The first 20 minutes saw two yellow cards before both sides settled into the match.

The Miami FC would open its 2019 account in the 34th minute with a jaw-dropping long distance strike by Suárez. Dylan Mares would deliver a clean ball to Suárez in the center circle. The Cuban winger then went on a solo run before unleashing a powerful shot from 10 yards outside the box. The ball would streak past the outstretched arms of Miami United keeper Peterson Occenat before crashing into the netting at the far post.

Just nine minutes later, the Orange and Blue would push its lead to 2-0 off another highlight reel goal. After earning an innocuous corner, former Miami  United star, Tomas Granitto trotted to the corner flag to take the set piece. Granitto would whip in a strong ball that zipped over two players heads before sneaking past the Occenat for an olimpico.

The match took on an even more physical tone in the second half as The Miami FC worked hard to put away the match.

Mares dominated the early parts of the second half, continually finding space in and around the Miami United box. His best attempt came in the 68th minute after he found himself one-on-one with the keeper, thanks to a fantastic pass from Mohamed Thiaw. Mares collected the ball just inside the box and took a touch before caressing a fantastic shot that just missed the upper 90.

Miami FC matched United’s physicality and dominated the center of the pitch, containing its opposition in the closing moments of the match.

Miami United created a few chances as time ticked away, but a stout defense and strong goal keeping by Mark Pais would see the match out with the Miami FC earning its first Magic City Clásico victory, 2-0.

The Magic City Clásico action does not stop as the Second Leg of the 2019 season will be held next Saturday, April 27th at Miami United FC.  Recently, Miami United announced that they will be changing home venues for the season, and will now play at North Miami Athletic Stadium (2555 NE 151st Stret, North Miami Beach, FL 33160).  Kickoff will be at 7:30 PM and tickets can be purchased at MiamiUnitedSoccer.com.  The Miami FC then keeps it local with a short trip north to take on Storm FC on Saturday, May 4th. The Orange and Blue returns to Buccaneer Field at Barry University on Wednesday, May 8th to take on the Florida Soccer Soldiers in the 1st Round of the 2019 U.S. Open Cup.  Tickets will go on sale for Open Cup clash this Monday, April 22nd.

 

Starting XI
GK: Pais
DEF: Baggio (5’ – Franco), Griffiths, Markey (86’ – Chapman-Page), James
MID: Rozeboom, Granitto (83' - Morales), Mares (83’ – Chin)
FWD: Suárez (83’ – Bah), Thiaw, Gonzalez (64’ - Heath)

Goals
34' - Suárez (MIA) 
45' - Granitto (MIA)

Bookings
19' - Pierre (MUFC) | Yellow
21' - Markey (MIA) | Yellow
32' - Solari (MUFC) | Yellow
44' - Granitto (MIA) | Yellow
53’ - Suárez (MIA) | Yellow
63' - Schenfeld (MUFC) | Yellow
88' - Heath (MIA) | Yellow