RECAP: The Miami FC Drops Second Meeting With Miami United, 2-0

Apr 27, 2019

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (April 27, 2019) - The Miami FC traveled to North Miami Athletic Stadium on Saturday night for the second match of the 2019 NPSL season and fell 2-0 to Miami United FC. 

Miami FC went on the offensive in the opening moments of the match, with midfielder Tomás Granitto aiming for his second goal in as many matches in the sixth minute, forcing a low save by Miami United goalkeeper Peterson Occenat on a long distance effort.

The Orange and Blue was able to control possession for the first third of the half, moving the ball around the pitch with precise passing and drawing plenty of fouls when its players went on runs. 

In the 25th minute, Miami threatened to open up the scoring with a brilliant offensive maneuver. Granitto passed the ball out to the touchline to forward Darío Suárez, who took a touch sideways and recognized Granitto making an immediate forward run from his midfield position.

Suárez hit him in stride with a curling through ball, allowing Granitto to get brought down right at the edge of the box. The ensuing free kick was struck well by Granitto, but the ball failed to dip under the crossbar before sailing high over it.

Miami United took the lead in the 28th minute when striker Brian Perea finished off a corner kick with a powerful header that outstretched Miami FC goalkeeper Mark Pais could not reach.

Fifteen minutes later, United extended its lead through Jhon Montaño, who embarked on a one-man counter attack, using his speed to run past the Miami FC defense and bury his left-footed finish. 

Miami FC went into halftime down 2-0.

With three substitutions at halftime, Miami FC came out of the locker room hungry to improve its fortune. Striker Mohamed Thiaw consistently started up attacks by holding up play and laying the ball off to both wings. 

In the closing moments of the match, Miami pushed numbers forward in hopes of cutting the deficit. A flurry of crosses and passes into the box came inches from being catapulted into the net, but Miami United was able to come away with the shutout and three points.

The Orange and Blue will stay on the road next week, heading north to Central Broward Stadium to face Storm FC on Saturday, May 4. Miami then opens up its 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup campaign on Wednesday, May 8, when they host Florida Soccer Soldiers at Buccaneer Field at Barry University.

Starting XI
DEF: James (45' - Heath), Markey (45' - Neeskens), Griffiths, Franco
MID: Mares (58' - Chin), Granitto (80' - Chapman-Page), Rozeboom
FWD: Sam (45' - González), Thiaw, Suárez

28' - Perea (MUFC)
43' - Montaño

19' - Sam (MFC) | Yellow
25' - Camacho (MUFC) | Yellow
38' - Pierre (MUFC) | Yellow
46' - Tejera (MUFC) | Yellow
83' - Neeskens (MFC) | Yellow