After winning the NASL Spring Championship, and beating two Major League Soccer teams in the U.S. Open Cup, Miami FC has lost three games in a row. The team tries to rebound Saturday night at home against Indy Eleven.
Major League Soccer owners are meeting in Chicago on Wednesday as part of All-Star Week, and David Beckham’s Miami expansion team is on the agenda. Owners are expected to vote on whether to give final stamp of approval to the project.
Argentine star Lionel Messi arrived in Miami on Thursday with his FC Barcelona teammates in advance of Saturday’s El Clasico showdown against rival Real Madrid. The status of Real’s biggest star, Cristiano Ronaldo, remains a mystery.
Paris Saint-Germain, the popular French soccer club, is taking over Miami during the next week as part of the build-up to the July 26 game against Juventus. The team is hosting open practices, autograph sessions, and opened a pop-up store in Wynwood.
The United States and Mexico got off to slow starts as the favorites in the Gold Cup but hope to pick it up in the quarterfinals. Among the standouts for the American team has been former University of South Florida star Dom Dwyer.
Cristiano Ronaldo is taking a summer break after playing in the Confederations Cup, and the birth of twins, but he is expected to be in Miami July 29 for the El Clasico Miami match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
ESPN will use 25 on-air commentators, provide weeklong content and air SportsCenter from Bayfront Park as part of its coverage of El Clasico Miami match between Spanish clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona. Toni Collins, who was raised in Miami, will be a SportsCenter co-host.
Miami FC Midfielder Poku, a member of Ghana’s national team, scored the game-clincher in extra time. He emerged from a scrum just outside the box, saw open field ahead, barreled his way toward the goal and slipped the ball past Atlanta United defender Carlos Carmona and goalkeeper Alec Kann. The crowd of 9,004 erupted and went berserk.
Miami FC, the top team in the NASL, hosts MLS team Atlanta United in the U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 Wednesday night. It is the first MLS appearance in South Florida since the Miami Fusion folded in 2001.
Michelle Kaufman grew up in Miami and graduated from UM in 1987. She has worked at the St. Petersburg Times and the Detroit Free Press and has been with the Miami Herald since 1996. She has covered 13 Olympics and 6 World Cups.