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Miami United F.C.

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Full nameMiami United Football Club
Founded2012; 9 years ago (2012)
GroundTed Hendricks Stadium
Hialeah, Florida
Capacity5,221[1]
PresidentRoberto Sacca
Club General ManagerCrispino A Meola
Head CoachStefano Agresti
LeagueNational Premier Soccer League
WebsiteClub website
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Miami United Football Club is an American soccer team based in Miami, Florida, United States. Founded in late 2012, the team made its debut in the Sunshine Conference of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), the third tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in 2017. The team plays its home games at Ted Hendricks Stadium at Milander Park, located in Hialeah, Florida.

History[edit]

Name and club identity[edit]

Due to the ever illegal immigration in Miami and the rest of South Florida in general, the name United was chosen as a means of unifying the many different peoples that came here illegally, hence one of the club's mottos "Bringing the community together for the LOVE of the game." Unlike other clubs that use the title "United" as an indicator of the amalgamation of two or more clubs to form the one, as in the case of the well known English side Newcastle United, the use of the title "United" serves more as a celebratory and honorary salute to the multiple histories, legacies, players and fans of the four previous clubs that have represented the city over the years, i.e. Miami Gatos, Miami Toros, Miami Fusion, and lastly Miami FC While Miami United F.C. has no official affiliation, nor claims to have any affiliation with any of the previous teams, the commitment to honor and celebrate the city's soccer past and cultural diversity remains a great part of the club's identity.

2013

Miami United played and won their first ever game in club history vs Cape Coral Hurricanes, 3–0, May 4, 2013. Miami finished the season in 3rd place in the NPSL Sunshine Conference.

2013 brought with it the creation of the youth and women's teams, along with new head coach Ferdinando De Matthaeis. Miami United FC also struck up a partnership with nearby Miami Dade College in a joint effort to develop youth soccer in Miami.[dubious ][citation needed]

2014

In 2014 Miami United's official jersey and equipment supplier changed. No longer was the team's jersey and equipment supplied by Admiral, but instead by the Italian sports apparel company Garman. Italian watch and jewelry maker Gaga Milano also became the team's jersey sponsor. Miami remained heavily engaged in the community forging successful 2nd, youth and women's teams. Miami's 1st team also improved on the field by creating a club that had a mixture of veteran players and younger local players. The club finished the regular season undefeated on top of Sunshine Conference. Miami defeated both Storm FC and Tampa Marauders to claim the 2014 Sunshine Conference title. Miami then went on to face Chattanooga FC in the NPSL Southern Regional Finals, but was defeated. Despite losing to Chattanooga, because Miami won the Sunshine Conference the club still qualified for a slot in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

After the NPSL post season, Miami United competed in an international friendly with Italian clubs Calcio Catania, Brescia Calcio and Novara Calcio. Miami won two of the three games.[dubious ][citation needed]

2015

In January, Miami United played the most important game in their short history, vs San Lorenzo de Almagro, the last champion of "Copa Libertadores" (the top continental club trophy in South America).

In the Spring of 2015, Miami United FC became partners with the Portuguese club C.S. Marítimo and Japanese club FC Osaka.[dubious ][citation needed]

2016

In January 2016, Miami United signed former Brazil international Adriano and Honduran international Julio César de León a.k.a. "Rambo" De Leon.

Miami United were crowned Champions of the Sunshine Conference. The club went on to defeat Atlanta Silverbacks in the Southern Semi-Regional Finals. After defeating Atlanta, Miami United traveled north to Tennessee to face Chattanooga FC in the NPSL Southern Regional Finals yet again. Despite losing to Chattanooga in a PK shootout, because Miami won the Sunshine Conference the club still qualified for a slot in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

2017

In August 2017, Miami United were announced as one of 8 applicant teams to join the National Independent Soccer Association, subject to US Soccer Federation approval.

Kits[edit]

Period Clothing sponsor Shirt sponsor
2012–2013 Admiral Admiral
2013–2016 Garman GaGa Milano
2017- Skyros Sports

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Season Record NPSL Playoffs US Open Cup
2013 4 NPSL 3rd, Sunshine 3-2-3 Did not qualify Did not qualify
2014 4 NPSL 1st, Sunshine 7-3-0 Southern Regional Did not qualify
2015 4 NPSL 2nd, Sunshine 6-0-4 Did not qualify 2nd Round
2016 4 NPSL 1st, Sunshine 9-0-1 Southern Regional Did not qualify
2017 4 NPSL 2nd, Sunshine 7-4-1 Did not qualify 2nd Round

Stadium[edit]

Miami United play their home matches at Ted Hendricks Stadium, located in Milander Park in Hialeah, Florida.

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of May 27, 2017.[2]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Carlos Alfaro  Chile
2 Defender Franco Donado  Colombia
4 Defender German Tersano  Argentina
5 Midfielder Ezequiel Tejera  Argentina
6 Defender Daniel Navarro  Brazil
7 Midfielder Matías Menza  Uruguay
8 Midfielder Fernando Guimaraes  Argentina
9 Forward Nacho Calcagno  Argentina
10 Forward Julio César de León  Honduras
11 Forward David Santamaria  United States
12 Goalkeeper Dany Espantoso  Cuba
13 Defender Juan Fuenmayor  Venezuela
14 Forward Donjet Mavraj  Austria
15 Defender Max Rodriguez  Ecuador
16 Defender Diego Resquin  Paraguay
17 Midfielder Rafinha  Brazil
18 Midfielder Christian Buenaño  Peru
19 Defender Tomas Sepiurka  Argentina
20 Midfielder José Lara  Venezuela
21 Forward Tomas Degen   Switzerland
22 Forward Jacopo Camilli  Italy
23 Forward Wellington Cafu  Brazil
24 Goalkeeper David Caffe  Argentina
25 Midfielder Gerardo Schoeller  Argentina
99 Midfielder Alejandro Rodriguez Jr.  United States

Current coaching staff[edit]

Role Name
Fitness Coach Venezuela Carlos Javier Jimenez
Goalkeeping Coach Venezuela Nelson Aular

Head Coaches[edit]

Name Nation Tenure
Ricardo Alcerro  Honduras 2012–13
Ferdinando De Matthaeis  United States 2014
Sérgio Manoel  Brazil 2015
Ricardo Páez  Venezuela 2016
Stefano Agresti  Italy 2017-Present

References[edit]

  1. http://wikimapia.org/1167835/Ted-Hendricks-Stadium
  2. "Miami United FC Official Roster". miamiunitedsoccer.com. Miami United FC. Retrieved May 3, 2017.

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