RECAP: The Miami FC Scores 10 In, Best-Ever, Victory Over Storm FC

May 4, 2019

LAUDERHILL (May 4, 2019) - The Miami FC went on the road on Saturday night and returned to its winning ways by trouncing Storm FC 10-0 at Central Broward Stadium. The 10 goals were a Miami FC franchise record, and the 10-0 victory marked the greatest margin of victory in a single match in the club's history.

The Orange and Blue wasted no time asserting its authority, taking the lead in the fifth minute through Miguel González. Left back John Neeskens played a long ball forward that was misjudged by the Storm goalkeeper, allowing González to get behind the goalkeeper and walk the ball in for Miami's first.

In the 26th minute, Miami doubled its account, taking advantage of Ariel Martínez being brought down in the box after a dynamic run. Martínez took charge of the penalty kick and snuck his effort under the diving goalkeeper to put Miami up 2-0.

Four minutes later, González bagged a brace by getting on the end of a rebound and knocking in his shot, following a powerful initial Martínez strike.

The Orange and Blue got a fourth tally before halftime, when in the 34th minute midfielder Harrison Heath whipped in a seeing-eye corner kick that found its way to defender Brenton Griffith's feet just eight yards away from goal. Griffiths struck the ball well and thrusted it past the goalkeeper to put Miami up 4-0.

Miami took advantage of a Storm FC side that was looking to cut the deficit in the second half and imposed its will throughout the entiety of the final 45 minutes.

In the 63rd minute, winger Darío Suárez got on the end of a through ball from midfielder Brian James and catapulted his shot to the goalkeeper's far post to stretch the lead to five. 

A missed penalty kick in the 71st minute was on the back of his mind, but five minutes later striker Mohamed Thiaw broke through for his first goal in a Miami FC jersey. A perfectly weighted low cross from right back Marco Franco was redirected by Thiaw in front of the goalkeeper and gave Miami its sixth.

Just one minute later, winger Lloyd Sam got his first-career Miami FC goal, latching on to a through ball and blasting his shot under the goalkeeper to enhance Miami's lead to seven. 

With 11 minutes to go in the match, left back John Neeskens joined the goal parade, venturing forward and hitting an unstoppable missile of a shot that Storm's goalkeeper could only watch fly past his near post and into the top of the net. 

Three minutes later, Neeskens turned provider, feeding Thiaw and watching the 6-2 forward bury Miami's ninth goal.  

For Miami's 10th and final goal, Sam lifted a cross into the six-yard box that Suárez jumped high to meet and steer to the left corner of the goal. 

The Orange and Blue will now turn its attention to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Miami is hosting the Florida Soccer Soldiers at Buccaneer Field at Barry University in the First Round on Wednesday, May 8. Get your tickets now at MiamiFC.com!

Starting XI
GK: 
Pais
DEF: Neeskens, Chapman-Page, Griffiths (45' - Markey), Franco
MID: Mares (45' - Suárez), Rozeboom (45' - Morales), Granitto (45' - Chin), Heath (60' - James)
FWD: Martínez (45' - Thiaw), González (60' - Sam)

Goals
5' - González (MFC) | Assisted by Neeskens
26' - Martínez (MFC) | Penalty Kick
30' - González (MFC) 
34' - Griffiths (MFC) | Assisted by Heath
63' - Suárez (MFC) | Assisted by James
76' - Thiaw (MFC) | Assisted by Franco
77' - Sam (MFC) | Assisted by James
79' - Neeskens (MFC) | Assisted by Thiaw
82' - Thiaw (MFC) | Assisted by Neeskens
90' - Suárez (MFC) | Assisted by Sam

Bookings
15' - Granitto (MFC) | Yellow