Keep Your Enemy Closer: Florida Soccer Soldiers

May 6, 2019

MIAMI (May 6, 2019) - The Miami FC opens up its 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup campaign with a home match against the Florida Soccer Soldiers. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8 at Buccaneer Field at Barry University.

Debut Cup Appearance
Florida Soccer Soldiers are one of the best teams in the UPSL, and this will be their first year competing in the U.S. Open Cup.

Following the withdrawal of America SC, the Soccer Soldiers earned a place in the compeition and are hoping to make a lasting impact before exiting.

The Soccer Soldiers began their qualifying campaign in September of last year, when they beat Miami Sun FC 2-1, took out Red Force FC 1-0 in the Second Round.

In the Third Round, the club dismantled Hurricane FC 6-0, getting braces from both Valentin Sabella and William Stamatis.

UPSL Pedigree
Florida Soccer Soldiers debuted in the UPSL in 2018 and enjoyed a stellar inaugural season, capturing the Florida Conference regular season championship.

They are off to an equally impressive start in 2019, having won each of their first five matches during the 2019 Spring Season.

They are yet to give up a goal and have tallied 17 of them, owning a plus-17 goal differential and 15 captured points.

Manager Daniel Godoy insists on his team playing a technical, pass-oriented style of soccer.

Players to Watch
Valentin Sabella scored a brace in the 6-0 thumping of Hurricane FC that eventually earned the Soccer Soldiers a spot in the Open Cup.

A versatile winger who can play on either side, Sabella does it all, from dribbling, taking shots at goal and taking charge of all set piece duties. 

His stellar play in 2018 earned him a spot on the 2018 UPSL Team of the Year.

Sabella is the son of former Argentina national team coach Alejandro Sabella, who guided La Albiceleste to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final.

Goalkeeper Bryant Martin should be a familar face to Miami FC fans who attended matches last season.

Martin was a part of last year's Miami United FC squad and started in the opening match of the season, the first edition of the Magic City Clásico, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Martin isn't tall or imposing, but he has impressive reflexes and is very quick to come off his line, in addition to being skilled with his feet.

Up Next
With a win against the Soccer Soldiers, the Miami FC would advance to the 2nd Round of the U.S. Open Cup to face the USL's Charlotte Independence in Charlotte, Tuesday, May 14th

The Orange and Blue returns to NPSL action and heads north to take on Jacksonville Armada FC on Saturday, May 11.