2017 Preview: Miami FC

2016 Season Review

Miami’s inaugural season was a tale of two halves. Coming into 2016 the hype train was running at full speed with Miami building their team around internationally experienced talents Matuzalem, Wilson Palacios, and Dario Cvitanich. Play on the field would dictate differently however, as Miami would take dead last in their inaugural season.

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NASL roster moves through January

After a tumultuous offseason that put the very existence of the NASL in question, silly season is finally upon us as the eight remaining active clubs begin the work of preparing their rosters for the 2017 season.

TICC spent some time tracking down as many of the roster changes across the league as we could find.

If we missed something, feel free to let us know.

Where do they stand now? 2016 NASL teams and their current positions

North_American_Soccer_League_(NASL).svgThe 2016 NASL season may have started with 11 teams and ended with 12 but it looks like 2017 will have nowhere near that number, if the season kicks off at all. Here’s a look at the most recent available status of every team that kicked a ball in 2016. Continue reading

New York Cosmos wreck Miami FC 4-0; remain undefeated at home in 2016

Yohandry Orozco celebrates a goal [Photo: Eytan Calderon/TICC]

Yohandry Orozco celebrates a goal [Photo: Eytan Calderon/TICC]

The New York Cosmos remained undefeated at home, handing Miami FC a 4-0 drubbing behind goals from Jairo Arrieta, Juan Arango, a brace from Yohandry Orozco, and a shutout from Brian Holt. The win also set a Modern Era NASL record for an unbeaten streak at home with 19 games, breaking their previous record of 18.  Continue reading

Field of potential Cosmos postseason opponents could be narrowed tonight

12970302_10154247167656091_1053037460_oWith the penultimate games of the NASL season being played this weekend, the list of clubs fighting to stay in postseason contention could narrow considerably tonight, and it all hinges on the results of a pair of games.

At time of writing, Minnesota United, Rayo OKC, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, Miami FC and the Carolina RailHawks are still alive and in contention for the final postseason spot. The reward for the winner? A postseason showdown with New York at Shuart Stadium. Continue reading

One semifinal match determined, the Cosmos await their opponents

North_American_Soccer_League_(NASL).svgWith the New York Cosmos and Indy Eleven already determined as the hosts of the semifinal round of the NASL Championship, the league now waits to see who their opponents will be, although one match-up is certain. Continue reading

Breaking down the race for The Championship

Lucky vs the Rowdies. - Photo: Steve Hamlin

Lucky vs the Rowdies [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

With just a handful of games left in the Fall Season, the temperatures are falling but the race for the postseason is heating up. Week 15 saw FC Edmonton lock up the third spot (behind Indy and the Cosmos) based on their positioning in the combined standings. Save a total collapse by our boys in green over their last three matches, New York should beat out the Eddies for the Fall Season and win the combined table, which would give the Cosmos the first seed in The Championship. With Indy Eleven locking up the second seed by winning the Spring, they would then match up with Edmonton, meaning the Cosmos opponent will be determined over the final sprint. Lets break down the possibilities.

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Gio Savarese confirms Hunter Freeman to Miami: “It was an offer directly to the player, never through the club.”

Giovanni Savarese (Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC)

Giovanni Savarese (Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC)

After an earlier report from AS and a confirmation from Empire of Soccer, club confirmation of the transfer of defender Hunter Freeman to Miami FC came from the Cosmos, directly from the mouth of Head Coach Giovanni Savarese. Fresh off their first win over the Indy Eleven, most of the questions revolved around the transfer and the coach was asked about his side to the story. Continue reading