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Miami FC remains winless after 3-2 loss to Rayo OKC

Miami FC's midfielder Ariel Martinez (6) takes control of the ball during the NASL game against Rayo OKC, Fri., April 22, 2016 at Ocean Bank Field at FIU Stadium in Miami.
Miami FC's midfielder Ariel Martinez (6) takes control of the ball during the NASL game against Rayo OKC, Fri., April 22, 2016 at Ocean Bank Field at FIU Stadium in Miami. FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

The coveted first win continues to elude Miami FC.

The expansion NASL club again was denied a victory in its fourth match of the season against fellow expansion team Rayo OKC Friday night.

Defender Michel converted on a penalty kick in the 84th minute as Rayo OKC defeated Miami FC 3-2 at FIU Stadium. The start of the match was delayed 95 minutes late because of lightning.

Match referee Rubiel Vazquez called a foul on Miami FC defender Adailton as he battled Rayo OKC forward Billy Forbes for the ball on the inner edges of the penalty area. Michel beat goalkeeper Daniel Vega with a low shot that landed inside the left post.

The penalty kick was the third converted against Miami FC in the young season, including one in second half-stoppage time against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers that negated a 1-0 victory in the season opener three weeks ago.

The loss drops Miami FC to 0-2-2 (two points). Meanwhile, Rayo OKC (1-1-1 (four points), enjoyed a franchise first still sought by Miami FC.

“The mood in the dressing room was disappointing but at least we know we gave a tremendous effort battling back,” said Miami FC midfielder Ariel Martinez, who scored one of the two goals. “We don’t believe that was a penalty.”

After playing at a disadvantage for 60 minutes, Miami FC finally tied the match on Blake Smith’s goal in the 74th minute. Martinez’s corner kick found Aaron Dennis near the 6-yard box. Dennis sent a crossing header to Smith, who headed in a shot from three yards.

Miami FC reduced an early first half two-goal deficit on Martinez’s goal in the 36th minute. Smith’s pass found Martinez, who blasted a 25-yard shot that landed inside the right post.

Rayo OKC scored twice within a 10-minute span for its two-goal advantage.

Billy Forbes’ goal in the 25th minute gave Rayo OKC a 2-0 lead. Forbes dribbled 20 yards and past two Miami FC defenders toward the penalty box. Vega left the 6-yard box to challenge Forbes, who beat him with a shot from 15 yards.

Rayo OKC struck first on Robbie Findley’s goal 15 minutes into the match. In the team’s first scoring threat, Findley retrieved a loose ball and converted on a 22-yard shot that eluded Vega.

Three minutes earlier, Miami FC nearly broke through when Pablo Campos flicked a shot past OKC Rayo goalkeeper Daniel Fernandes from the right wing.

OKC defender Futty reached and cleared Campos’ shot before it crossed the goal Miami FC will play its fifth match of the league’s spring season next Saturday at the Ottawa Fury before returning for a home match against the New York Cosmos on May 7.

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