Jacksonville Sports Day

NASL: Miami FC Stays Undefeated Against Armada with 3-0 Victory

JACKSONVILLE – The Miami FC was on the road, Sunday, to battle Jacksonville Armada FC. A slow start gave way to an exciting second half with the Miami FC scoring twice in the final five minutes.

The first half saw patient build up and possession from both sides, as they tried to crack each other’s defensive code.

Midfielder Richie Ryan looked to break the game open in just the 6th minute when he powered a pass from deep in his own area right through the heart of the Armada defense. A streaking Pinho was there waiting for the pass, but couldn’t control it right and got a shot off.

The 15th minute would see attack partners Jaime Chávez and Stéfano Pinho connect for the first goal of the match. Chávez made a great steal near the center circle, quickly turned and launched a pass to Pinho.

Jacksonville keeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell came flying out of his box to try and clear the ball, but completely missed his header attempt leaving Pinho wide open goal. An Armada defender was able to get in front of Pinho, but he still easily converted the chance.

Jacksonville nearly came up with an instant response as a header would find the post instead of the back of the net.

Close to half time, Jacksonville would work another scoring chance, but goal keeper Daniel Vega stood strong to make a great 1v1 save.

The second half was action packed with the Miami FC making plays on both offense and defense.

The 59th minute saw a questionable no call. Chávez made his way deep into the Armada box only to be pulled to the ground by his jersey, but no whistle was blown.

Jacksonville would then control possession for nearly 10 minutes, but the Miami FC defense would stand strong. The 63rd minute would see defender Blake Smith would go all out to block a shot from point blank range.

The Orange and Blue came alive in the final 20 minutes of the match, wrestling control of possession and never looking back.

At the 80-minute mark, Ryan whipped a great low cross that would bounce around the six-yard box, but unfortunately it was cleared away before someone could tap it in.

Ryan would come up with another crucial play six minutes later, tackling away the ball at the edge of his own box as Jacksonville looked poised to equalize.

The Miami FC would double its advantage as the clock hit 90. Smith lofted a ball over the top as Pinho ran into acres of space. Pinho would cut inside before laying the ball off to Chávez. Chávez took one touch and powered the ball near post and past the keeper.

Chávez wasn’t done yet, earning a brace with the final touch of the match. Smith made his way up the left flank, sending a cross into the box with seconds left in the match. Chávez rose up and headed home the ball for his ninth goal in the last seven matches

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