Miami Sports Day

NASL: Miami FC Falls Short in Home Opener

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The Miami FC hosted the New York Cosmos, Saturday night, for the first match played at the newly named Riccardo Silva Stadium, with over 9,000 fans showing up to support the Orange and Blue.

The squad would fire a club-record 22 shots on the night but fell to the Cosmos, 2-0.

“At this moment our game plan will not change,” said Head Coach Alessandro Nesta. “There is not much I can say except that the team is playing well right now and will continue to do so.”

The Miami FC played was strong in the first half, even though the Cosmos created their fair share of chances.

Just three minutes into the match, defender Mason Trafford got a foot on a corner kick but keeper Jimmy Maurer was able to make the save.

A few minutes later it would be goalkeeper Daniel Vega that needed to make a big save, after New York’s Eugene Starikov headed on his club’s first shot on goal.

The Orange and Blue continued to press high up the field creating a constant threat on offense, outshooting New York 11 to one.

Forward Vincenzo Rennella was fantastic in the first half as a creator, facilitating the club’s two best chances.

The 18th minute saw Rennella pick out a streaking Rezende at the top of the box that saw another save by Maurer.

As the first half was coming to a close it would be Rennella again to create danger for the Cosmos. This time he hit Pinho in stride but the Brazilian’s strike hit the post.

The Miami FC kept the same pace coming into the second half with multiple chances just missing early on.
Rennella opened the second half with a fearsome shot from the top of the box that was saved. Pinho was up next, contouring his body in the 49th minute to but a header on target.

Midfielder Robert Baggio Kcira got involved in the action in the 53rd minute with a great shot from distance. The shot forced Maurer into a full-stretch save, putting the ball back in the box. Midfielder Poku pushed his way between two defenders to get a foot on the rebound but the ball found the post.

Five minutes later, the Cosmos’s Danny Szetela headed home a Ryan Richter cross to give New York a 1-0 lead.

The Miami FC would continue to get close all night but could not put the ball into the back of the net. Rennella, Pinho, Dylan Mares and Poku would all come close to scoring the equalizer.

Deep into extra time, the Orange and Blue would be called for a penalty that was converted by Ayoze, making the final score 2-0 in favor of the Cosmos.

The Miami FC returns to action, Saturday, April 22 for Venezuelan Heritage Night, as the club hosts North Carolina FC at Riccardo Silva Stadium.

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