Miami FC Open Fall Season Against a Familiar Foe
- Updated: June 29, 2016
This Saturday the Miami FC will start their Fall Season much like they started their Spring Season, taking on their interstate rivals, the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, at Lockhart Stadium.
Nesta’s crew will be looking for better results this time around. When the two teams faced off in the Spring Season, the contest ended in a 1-1 draw after Miami surrendered an equalizer on a penalty kick that came in the waning moments of extra time.
The Miami squad taking the pitch this go around will look all together different than the one that grinded out a draw at Lockhart in April though. The Miami FC roster has under gone a complete overhaul since that match. Matuzalem, who was in the starting XI then, is no longer with the club. Miami has also recently added a host of players since that match. (Richie Ryan, Michael Lahoud, Kwadwo Poku, and (reportedly) Gabriel Farfan.)
Ft. Lauderdale has also made a roster change. The Strikers recently resigned South Florida native Bryan Arguez. The 6’2 midfielder was an integral part of the Strikers squad that reached the NASL Championship Series back in 2011. The return of Arguez may add a little flavor to the rivalry as he was rumored to have signed with Miami FC towards the end of the Spring Season.
The Miami FC will be looking to start the Fall Season with a much needed win as they finished out the Spring at the basement of league standings with just one win over the course of the ten match stretch. The Strikers, by contrast, finished the Spring Season at 6th in league standings and managed 4 wins over the ten match stretch. The Strikers, as it so happens, also happened to do really well in the U.S. Open Cup. They’ve advanced to the fifth round of the tournament and are taking on the MLS side Orland City SC tonight. (Which means they’ll be taking on The Miami FC with just 2 days of rest.)
Miami FC fans will be hoping that the Strikers are heading into Saturday’s match fresh off a loss, making them a tired and a disappointed squad.
Miami FC fans will be getting their first look at a freshly rebuilt squad and hoping that the big spending done by Ricardo Silva and Paolo Maldini pays off.