Albuquerque, NM (Aug. 5, 2022) – The Miami Football Club travels west to take on Western Conference heavy-hitters New Mexico United on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET. The Orange and Blue return to play after a two-week break.
Miami FC sits in seventh place in the Eastern Conference table, with 31 points after 22 matches. Head coach Anthony Pulis managed to bring defensive stability in his first season with the club, something the team lacked last year.
Miami sits third in the league for clean sheets (10), with goalkeeper Connor Sparrow collecting eight. Moreover, MFC is ninth-best overall in goals conceded, allowing a total of 23.
Previous result: Loudoun United 1-2 Miami FC
Miami FC secured three points against Loudoun United on the road on July 23. Captain Paco Craig bagged a game-winning goal in stoppage time to secure the comeback triumph over Loudoun.
The home side kicked off the game with a goal inside the first fifteen minutes. Winger Aboul Zanne scored a rebound goal. Nonetheless, Miami’s Florian Valot finished off a team goal with his head to draw the score level at 1-1 in the 34th minute.
A contested second half saw Miami FC take the win in stoppage time, thanks to Craig volleying in a loose ball inside Loudoun’s 6-yard-box.
Craig and Valot ended up receiving USL Championship Team of the Week honors for their heroics.
The Orange and Blue broke the 30-point barrier with the in, standing at 31 points. The South Florida side chases Detroit City, who sits in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with 35 points and a game in hand.
About New Mexico United
The Black and Yellow arrive at this fixture seven points clear of eighth place LA Galaxy II. New Mexico hopes to return to winning ways after suffering a 2-1 defeat at home against U.S. Open Cup finalists Sacramento Republic on Wednesday.
New Mexico United is competent when defending and successful when attacking. The side finds itself in the top-half of the USL Championship’s goals for leaderboards, with 34, and fifth in the least goals conceded table, with 21.
Up Next for Miami FC
Miami FC returns to FIU Stadium on Wednesday, Aug. 10, to face off against FC Tulsa for a second time this season. The last time the two teams clashed was on June 4, with the fixture ending in a goalless draw.
MFC fans can buy tickets for the game HERE.