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Miami FC hopes to topple undefeated Indy Eleven

Miami FC defender Rhett Bernstein (18) goes for a diving header during their game against FC Edmonton at at FIU Stadium on May 28.
Miami FC defender Rhett Bernstein (18) goes for a diving header during their game against FC Edmonton at at FIU Stadium on May 28. Miami Herald Staff

Miami FC has a postgame fireworks show planned for Saturday night at FIU Stadium. The team hopes to be celebrating a victory over undefeated Indy Eleven.

Miami earned its first league win last Saturday, 1-0 over FC Edmonton, and hopes to build on that success after a midweek 2-1 loss to the Wilmington Hammerheads in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup.

Ariel Martinez, a Cuban defector, scored Miami’s winning goal against Edmonton with an assist from Jaime Chavez, who scored against the Hammerheads. The Miami defense, led by goalkeeper Daniel Vega, has been strong of late, with back-to-back league shutouts.

Defender Mason Trafford has played a key role for Miami FC. Born in Boynton Beach and raised in Canada, the Canadian national won the Ottawa Fury’s Supporters’ Player of the Year Award in 2014 and 2015. His steady presence in the back has been instrumental with the expansion Miami team.

It won’t be easy to keep Indy from scoring. The Eleven have three wins and five ties in league play, and won their U.S. Open Cup game 2-1 over Louisville City. “The Boys in Blue,” as Indy Eleven are nicknamed, sit in second place behind the New York Cosmos in the NASL standings. Miami is second-from-last in the 11-team league.

Forward Eamon Zayed, a 32-year-old from Ireland, is Indy’s leading scorer with three goals.

After Saturday’s game, Miami FC plays at Minnesota June 11 and on July 2 plays the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Lockhart Stadium.

Miami FC vs. Indy Eleven

When: Saturday, 8 p.m.

Where: FIU Stadium.

Records: Miami FC 1-4-3, Indy 3-0-5.

TV/Radio: GOL-TV, ESPN3, Radio Caracol-1260 AM.

Tickets: $3-$13. Stadium box office and miamifc.com.

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