Miami FC 2 vs Miami United

Miami Gardens, FL – Growing Pains isn’t just the TV show that jump-started Leonardo DiCaprio’s career. It’s also the phrase I’m using to describe Miami FC 2‘s start in the NPSL. With a new head coach, a lot of new players, and a new league to play in, they had to make quite a few offseason adjustments. Last week they opened their NPSL campaign with a 1-1 draw at Miami United FC. This week, it was Miami FC 2’s turn to host the Magic City Clasico, and their frustrations continued.

Miami FC actually got off to a great start. They controlled possession and were creating opportunities. In the 9th minute, Jeff Michaud found himself inside United’s box with plenty of time to compose himself and bury his shot in the back of the net. Things were looking favorable for FC 2 to earn their first win of the season. However, in the 33rd minute, Tyler Ruthven was sent off. In his own words, “He gave me a yellow for wasting time on a throw-in, and when I asked him why, he f***ing sent me off!” He, later on, explained to me that they were only up 1-0 in the 33rd, so “why would I waste time?”, he said. He wanted the team to be up “4-0”. Tyler will also miss the next match.

And then there were 10. FC 2 was now down a man, and coach Paul Dalglish had to make some adjustments. Nevertheless, in the final moments of the half, United would equalize, sending the game into halftime 1-1.

The 2nd half saw FC 2 once again dominate possession and create opportunities, but the match would go on to become combative. The ref lost control of the match and was handing out yellow cards like shots at a frat party. Just as the game was about to end, in extra time, Dylan Mares was fouled hard near United’s box, which sparked an altercation between FC 2 and United players that almost became an all-out brawl. After things calmed down, Mares and two United players were red-carded. FC 2 still had a free-kick to take before the final whistle, but it would sail high over the crossbar. The best part was Ariel Martinez yelling from the sideline for Daniel Vega to take the kick, and becoming upset when he did not.

The match ended in a 1-1 draw, and Miami FC 2 continue to search for their first win of the season. Next up they host the Jacksonville Armada FC, at home on Bobcat Field in St. Thomas University.

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Gustavo Chacon
Most of you know me as The Prodoucher FunGus, but my government name is Gustavo A. Chacon. Born and raised in the 305! I say Miami sports fans should be grateful for what we've been able to experience, at least in my lifetime. Pretty well rounded in the major sports, but baseball is probably my weakest subject. Doesn't stop me from writing about it! Either way, I find it pointless to memorize every sports stat since the beginning of time when I can just look it up, so don't expect me to drop some knowledge unless it's useful in the real world. However, I'm not afraid to tell you why you're opinion is 100% wrong, lest we agree, of course. Wanna get into it? Argue with me @lemoncityfungus. It'll be fun!
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