Preview: The Miami FC Returns Home After Long Road Trip to Face Storm FC

May 31, 2019

MIAMI (May 31, 2019) - Following a four-match road trip that featured three victories, Miami FC will return to Buccaneer Field at Barry University on Saturday, June 1 to host Storm FC. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Midseason R&R
The Miami FC finally got a one-week break at the midway point of the 2019 NPSL Season, following the club's 6-0 victory over Central Florida Panthers SC on the road.

The club played four-consecutive matches on the road from April 27 to May 18, as well as a U.S. Open Cup match at home on May 8.

Despite the extensive traveling, Miami was able to capture three straight clean sheet victories and score 23 goals over the final road stretch.

Now rested and recuperated, the Orange and Blue is gearing up for another run at the NPSL National Championship.

A Stark Contrast
While the Orange and Blue has been fantastic halfway through the season, Storm FC is likely wishing the season would come to a close soon.

Storm has played four matches and lost all of them, getting outscored 20 to three in the process.

Miami, on the other hand, has lost just one of five matches and pelted its opponents with 25 goals scored, while giving up just two (both came in the same match).

The +23 goal differential is tied for second in the entire NPSL, with the the only two teams in contention having played double digit matches, while Miami has played in just five.

Players to Watch
Dylan Mares has once again been Miami's unrelenting offensive engine in midfield.

He frequently created scoring chances as an advanced attacking midfielder, and it has led to Mares leading the team with four assists through five matches.

With the latest pair of assists in the win over Jacksonville, Mares overtook Jaime Chávez as the club's top all-time assister. 

In Miami's previous victory over Central Florida Panthers SC, Mares broke his goalscoring drought with two tallies, and he looks primed to continue finding the back of the net in the second half of the season.

Harrison Heath has wasted no time getting acclimated to the team after signing with the Orange and Blue in late February.

The versatile midfielder has proven capable of being deployed in a variety of roles, which fits Coach Dalglish's flexible system. 

Heath's set piece prowess makes him dangerous from free kicks and corners, and his defensive work rate is crucial for the team.

It's only a matter of time before Heath's contributions on offense and defense lead to more goals and assists for the 23-year-old.

Looking Ahead
The Miami FC will remain at home for a match against Central Florida Panthers SC on Saturday, June 8 before traveling west to take on Sunshine Conference leader Naples United FC on Saturday, June 15.