Checking In with Miami FC

You’ve heard of the Dolphins, the Marlins, the Heat… but have you heard of the Miami FC? If not, you’ve been missing out! It’s Miami’s very own local professional soccer (or futbol) team and they’re killing it in the NASL this summer.

We’ve been having a great time as the official sponsor of the Craft Beer Garden featuring lawn games, Concrete Beach beers and the best seats in the house. Every Beer Garden ticket includes 2 complimentary craft beers during the match!

They’re halfway through their games this year so we checked in with them for an update and some highlights. Check it out!

 


Where is the team currently ranked? 

The Miami FC is currently in first place in the NASL Combined Standings, having won the NASL Spring Season Championship. They also own the league’s best goal differential (+22) by an incredible 21 goals.

 

How does this compare to where they usually finish?

The team has only been around since 2016, so the sample size is small. Last season, Miami finished 11th in the Spring Season and fifth in the Fall Season, ending up seventh in the combined standings at the end of the year. 

 

Who’s the leading scorer?

Vincenzo Rennella leads the team with 10 goals, with fellow forward Stéfano Pinho narrowly behind him with 8 goals of his own.

 

Who’s been the breakout performer so far? 

It has to be Vincenzo Rennella. Rennella not only leads the team with 10 goals and five assists, but those numbers rank first in the entire NASL in both categories. Rennella flashed some of his talent with three goals in 14 matches last season, but he has been a force to be reckoned with in 2017.

 

Any game that was the highlight so far?

While it didn’t come in the NASL, the team’s 3-2 win over Atlanta United FC in the Round of 16 of the U.S. Open Cup has been the season’s defining moment so far. Hosting an MLS team for the first time, Miami battled and came out on top after Poku found the back of the net in the last second of the match. It was the most dramatic moment in Miami FC’s history to this point.

[Editors Note: They face off against FC Cincinnati on August 2nd in the Quarterfinals!]

 

What was the goal of the season? 

Our fans voted Kwadwo Poku’s last-second dagger against Atlanta United as the goal of the spring season. 

 

Has MFC ever finished top for both seasons before?

Miami FC is still a relatively new team, as they are in just their second-ever season. The team finished seventh overall last season after a very successful 2016 Fall Season and they finished in first place in the 2017 Spring Season.

 

Are there different challenges/advantages for the fall season compared to spring?

The Fall Season allows teams to rest and reassess their teams’ strengths and weaknesses before it begins, as well as bring in players through transfers to reinforce the squad.

 

Should we expect to see some new faces in the squad for fall? Is this like a transfer window?

More than likely, yes. Though the team is in great shape as is, Miami FC made several transfers in between seasons in 2016 and a few moves should be expected this year as well. 

 

How would you explain the playoff format to someone who’s not familiar with the NASL?

There are two split seasons (Spring and Fall) that add up to one combined season every year. The two champions from both seasons automatically make it into the playoffs, regardless of overall record, and host a semifinal match.

The remaining teams with the best records, after the two champions, round out the final two (or three if one teams wins both championships) spots in the four-team playoff.

 

Has MFC ever won the Soccer Bowl before?

No, 2016 was the team’s first year and it did not qualify for the playoffs. Miami FC will have a chance in 2017, as it’s qualified for the playoffs by winning the 2017 NASL Spring Season Championship.

 

Are they guaranteed a spot in the semi finals if they win the Spring League?

Yes, the champion from the Spring and/or Fall season gets an automatic berth to the semifinals and gets to host their first match.


Want to join us for a match? Check out their Fall Schedule Here and be sure to join us on October 7th for Oktoberfest Night featuring Concrete Beach! You can also purchase a Beer Garden ticket for seats behind the goal, corn hole and easy access to Concrete Beach beers flowing throughout the game!