Miami Sports Day

NASL: Miami FC Returns to Canada to Take on Ottawa

The Miami FC makes it second trip to Ottawa this season for a rematch with the Fury. The Miami FC is coming off a breathtaking victory over Rayo OKC, while Ottawa is in the midst of a three-match losing streak.

The Come Back Kids
The Miami FC opened a two-match road trip, Saturday, taking on Rayo OKC. The first half was dominated by Rayo but the Miami FC came alive late in the second, eventually winning out 2-1.

Rayo OKC would create the first scoring chances of the match but keeper Daniel Vega was strong and kept the match even early on. OKC would eventually take the lead with a goal in the 25th minute.

Down by one, the Miami FC slowly worked their way into the match throughout the second half. The Miami FC finally broke through with a goal in the 79th minute from Pablo Campos.

Both sides would trade salvos as the final whistle approached, but it would be the Miami FC that would deliver the final blow.

Deep into extra time, the Miami FC would win a corner kick. The corner would sail into the box, eventually finding Ariel Martinez far post. Martinez executed an audacious chip shot that would find the back of the net and secured the win.

A Day to Forget
The Miami FC and Ottawa Fury FC first locked horns April 30, when the Miami FC crossed the border for the first time. In a close match, the Miami FC fell 2-0.

The Miami FC dominated possession in the match but would see multiple shots get blocked, negating the majority of its scoring opportunities.

Midfielder Dane Richards opened the match fast, getting off two dangerous shots within the first 15 minutes of action. The Fury would take a slim 1-0 lead in the 25th minute.

The second half would see the Miami FC control the ball but an equalizer would be hard to come by.

With time ticking away, the Miami FC would launch one more attack to steal a point on the road. In the 82nd minute, Richards sent in a great pass to Jaime Chavez but the shot was wide right.

Ottawa would pick up on more goal in extra time with the Miami FC falling 2-0.

To Score First, Not to Score First
The Miami FC has a perfect record when scoring first but have struggled to get results when surrendering the first goal of a match.

The Miami FC have scored first in eight matches this season, winning four times and picking draws in the other four.

On the flip side, the Miami FC have surrendered the first goal in five matches. Though they were able to respond with goals in the first four matches, they would eventually lose out.

This all changed last week against Rayo OKC. OKC was able to get on the board first but the Miami FC would storm back and collect its first come-from-behind victory.

Players to Watch
Blake Smith continues to be a game-changer for the Miami FC. His full set of skills were on display in last week’s win against Rayo.

Against OKC, Smith completed 31 of his 35 passes and picked up an assist with his perfect cross to Campos. He has also been able to track back well on defense thanks to his pace and stamina. Against Rayo, Smith won both his tackles, collected two interceptions and two clearances.

He will be key as the Miami FC looks to close out its long road trip with another victory.

Daniel Vega continues to be the foundation of the Miami FC’s success. Vega consistently makes key saves, allowing the Miami FC offense to settle in and score goals.

Vega has made 66 saves this season, good for second in the NASL.

Vega’s importance was on full display in the Miami FC’s most recent victory. He would make six saves in the match, limiting Rayo to just one goal. The one-goal deficit allowed the Miami FC to stay organized in attack, leading to two goals.

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