The victory and scoring droughts are finally over for Miami FC.
After seven previous unsuccessful attempts, the expansion NASL club won its first game Saturday night. Ariel Martinez’s goal in the 66th minute gave Miami FC a 1-0 victory over FC Edmonton at FIU Stadium.
Martinez retrieved a loose ball, raced 15 yards and blasted a left-footed shot from the half circle that landed inside the left post. The goal also ended a team-scoring scarcity of 351 minutes that stretched through two losses and one draw.
Miami FC is now 1-3-4 with six points. Edmonton, which entered Saturday’s match second in the 11-team NASL table, fell to 4-2-3 with 14 points.
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Martinez nearly broke Miami’s goal-scoring plague in the 58th minute when his uncontested shot from 18 yards was saved by Edmonton goalkeeper Matt VanOekel.
Miami had three scoring opportunities in the first half — all off free kicks. Dario Cvitanich’s free kick in the 26th minute eluded the Edmonton wall and needed VanOekel’s deflection before it landed under the crossbar.