RECAP: The Miami FC Defeats Jacksonville Armada FC On the Road

May 11, 2019

MIAMI (May 11, 2019) - The Miami FC defeated Jacksonville Armada FC U-23 7-0 at Patton Park on Saturday night, improving its NPSL record to 3-1-0 and its goal differential to a whopping plus-17. 

Coming off of a bitter defeat at the hands of the Florida Soccer Soldiers during the week, Miami FC was determined to exorcise its demons and get back on track in its quest to secure a second straight NPSL National title. 

That motivation was clear from the getgo, as Miami's high pressure consistently led to scoring chances for the front three of Mohamed Thiaw, Miguel González and Dylan Mares.

Miami took advantage of its intense pressure leading to turnovers in Jacksonville's own third and took the lead in the 19th minute. Mares picked off a poor pass and quickly transitioned the ball forward to Thiaw, who swung the ball out to González on the right. González finished off the short counter with a bullet past Armada's goalkeeper.

In the 33rd minute, Thiaw and González combined once again, with González turning provider and Thiaw turning goalscorer. González cleverly put Thiaw through on goal for a one-on-one with the goalkeeper, which Thiaw used to his advantage by calmly slotting his finish into the bottom right corner of the goal to put Miami up 2-0.

Five minutes later, Thiaw used another brilliant setup from a teammate to get his brace. Mares softly dinked a pass over the final Armada defender and gave Thiaw a clear look at goal. Thiaw buried his finish into the back of the net. 

The Orange and Blue's dominant first half saw the team end up with three goals on nine total shots, six of which were on frame. 

The second half was more of the same, as Miami dominated the match and kept churning out scoring chances. 

Miami struck for its fourth goal of the match in the 55th minute, as González secured his brace with a smooth close-range finish on a ball that was played in by Mares. 

Thiaw and González linked up for a third and final time in the 58th minute, when González played a ball into the box that Thiaw lined up and rocketed past the goalkeeper to put Miami up 5-0. 

Nine minutes before the end of the match, Miami got a sixth from a thunderous strike from left back John Neeskens. González played the ball back to Neeskens in the box and Neeskens smashed his effort to the far post. González completed a hat-trick of assists with the helper. 

Miami finished off the match with a Darío Suárez strike. A great spell of interplay from the team led to a Harrison Heath strike that was saved well by the goalkeeper, but the rebound ended up bouncing to Suárez, who powered home his effort with an acrobatic strike to give Miami a 7-0 victory.

The Miami FC will stay on the road for its next match, facing Central Florida Panthers SC in Orlando on Saturday, May 18.

Starting XI
GK: Brown
DEF: Sam (70' - Franco), Griffiths (56' - Rozeboom), Markey, Bah (70' - Neeskens)
MID: James (70' - Heath), Chin (70' - Granitto), Morales
FWD: González, Thiaw (63' - Martínez), Mares (56' - Suárez)

Goals
19' - González (MFC) | Assist by Thiaw
33' - Thiaw (MFC) | Assist by González
38' - Thiaw (MFC) | Assist by Mares
55' - González (MFC) | Assist by Mares
58' - Thiaw (MFC) | Assist by González
84' - Neeskens (MFC) | Assist by González
90' - Suárez

Bookings
None