Miami Sports Day

NASL: The Miami FC Takes Out Defending Champs 3-0

The Miami FC closed out a two-match road trip, Saturday night, against the New York Cosmos. After a back and forth first half, the Orange and Blue dominated the second half, taking out the Cosmos 3-0.

This marks the club’s first-ever victory over the Cosmos.

“We played very well tonight,” said Head Coach Alessandro Nesta. “There is not much more to say. We out played the Cosmos and got our first win against them.”

The match opened with a cracking start as both sides produced scoring chances in the first 10 minutes.

Forward Jaime Chávez put a shot on target that was saved just two minutes into the action. Poku followed that up soon after with a chance of his own that missed just left.

The 10th minute saw Stéfano Pinho create space at the top of the box, only to have his shot blocked.

The Cosmos pushed back, taking control of the proceedings, creating three dangerous opportunities in a span of 15 minutes.

As the half came to a close the Orange and Blue nearly took the lead twice.

Chávez found himself 1v1 with the keeper in the 34th minute only to be brought down in the box and awarded a penalty kick. Richie Ryan stepped up to the spot, but unfortunately put his shot high and to the left.

Six minutes later Chávez once again was in the middle of the action, this time as a creator. He fired in a low cross across the box to a streaking Pinho, who put the ball in the back of the net. As the squad was about to celebrate taking the lead, the offside flag went up, taking the goal off the board.

The Miami FC carried that momentum into the second half, exploding for three goals.

The Orange and Blue broke the deadlock in the 51st minute with a bit of brilliance from Michael Lahoud and Dylan Mares. Lahoud powered a cross-pitch ball that took one bonce in the box, setting up well for Mares. Mares kept his composure and hit the ball off the volley and put it in the back of the net.

The 67th minute saw Vincenzo Rennella put the club up by two. He received the ball down the left wing and fired a dangerous ball across the face of goal. As it zipped through, the Cosmos’ Ryan Richter stuck out a foot, deflecting the ball into his own goal.

The nail in the coffin came thanks to Pinho in the 71st minute. Mason Trafford put a ball over the top from inside Miami FC territory towards Pinho. A Cosmos’ defender failed to make a tackle as the ball landed right at Pinho’s feet.

He then dribbled around the onrushing keeper and scored, his first goal in a Miami FC uniform.

Down three, the Cosmos pushed hard to get back in the match but goalkeeper Daniel Vega and the backline stood strong to walk away with the victory.

The Orange and Blue finally return to Miami for the home opener, presented by MetroPCS, April 8 as the Cosmos make the trip down South. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at the football stadium at FIU.

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