Preview: The Miami FC Heads to Jacksonville to Take On Armada FC U-23

May 10, 2019

MIAMI (May 10, 2019) - The Miami FC will play a second-consecutive NPSL road match this weekend, with a battle against Jacksonville Armada FC U-23 up next. The match is scheduled to kick off at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 at Patton Park. 

Bump in the Road
The Orange and Blue played a midweek Open Cup match on Wednesdayd against local side Florida Soccer Soldiers. 

Miami fell to the UPSL squad 2-1 on a last-minute goal, and will now look to rebound on the quest to a second NPSL Championship.

Miami's last NPSL match was a 10-0 drubbing of Storm FC, which featured braces from three separate players. 

The 10 goals scored was a club record, and Miami will be hoping it can carry over that form into Jacksonville. 

Old Rivals, New Faces
Miami and Jacksonville's history has dated back to the NASL days, but there have been an exorbitant amount of changes in personnel and philosophies since that time. 

Last year in both clubs' debut seasons in the NPSL, Miami and Jacksonville faced off a total of three times. 

The first regular season match ended in a 1-1 draw and the second resulted in a narrow 1-0 Armada win in Jacksonville.

In the third and final meeting of the season, Miami convincingly beat the Armada 3-1 in the Sunshine Conference Final.

Players to Watch
Dylan Mares hasn't yet featured on the score sheet, but it's only a matter of time before he does.

Miami's captain has been an offensive workhorse, playing all along the front line and providing two-way ability in the midfield when needed. 

He has consistently gotten into good attacking positions and gotten good looks at goal, but the posts have seemed to move at the last minute.

In Miami's midweek Open Cup match, Mares provided the assist on Miami's lone goal and struck the crossbar with a lovely strike. He'll be hoping to find the back of the net against Jacksonville on the weekend.

Lance Rozeboom has quickly established himself as a tempo-setter and beacon of calmness in the midfield.

It's no surprise that Head Coach Paul Dalglish was excited to get Rozeboom back after coaching him in Austin and Ottawa. 

Rozeboom doesn't give away the ball and gets it back when it's time to pressure the opposition.

His soccer IQ, quick passing ability and vision make him a vital component in Miami's system. 

Looking Ahead
The Miami FC will stay on the road for a match against Central Florida Panthers SC in Orlando on Saturday, May 18. The Orange and Blue will then return home two weeks later for a match against Storm FC on Saturday, June 1.