By The Miami FC
After a whole month away from Buccaneer Field at Barry University, Miami FC hosted Storm FC on Saturday night and beat the Broward club 10-1. The 10 goals scored tied a club record, which was set earlier this season on May 4 against Storm FC.
The Orange and Blue got on the board in an instant, putting up three goals within the first 11 minutes. It did so with three separate goalscorers. In the fifth minute, Ariel Martínez spun his defender around and slipped a pass into Miguel González’ path in the box. González calmly rounded the goalkeeper and put Miami ahead with a cool finish.
Two minutes later, Hector Morales picked off an errant pass out of the back from Storm and started up a quick counter attack. He fed Martínez at the top of the box and Martínez rapidly laid the ball off to Brian James on the right side. James cleverly chipped the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper and gave Miami a 2-0 lead in the blink of an eye.
In the 11th minute, Martínez and Morales combined again, with the latter receiving a pass and pushing the ball with ease to the left side of the box, where Dylan Mares latched on and snuck his left-footed effort through the goalkeeper’s hands to put Miami up three.
Miami used a bit of trickery in the 20th minute, earning a free kick which Tomás Granitto immediately tapped to Mares. Mares caught Storm’s defense off-guard with the ensuing cross and found González, who buried his side-footed volley.
González notched his hat trick 23 minutes into the match. James went on a fantastic, marauding run from midfield and laced a pass across the face of goal that González easily tapped in.
Storm got one back before halftime with a stellar long distance free kick from Mauricio Rodriguez, but Miami went into the half with a 5-1 advantage.
The second half was more of the same for Miami, as the Orange and Blue continually created scoring chances for the duration of the final 45.
In the 70th minute, Morales crossed into the box intending to find González, but González dummied the ball and let it bounce to James at the far post and ripped his shot past the goalkeeper who had no chance of saving the powerful strike.
Three minutes later came Miami’s seventh goal of the match, by way of Darío Suárez. Miami won the ball back with intense defensive pressure, and Mohamed Thiaw fed Suárez in the box for him to lace his right-footed finish cleanly.
In the 79th minute, Miami went up 8-1 with González’ fourth goal of the match. Thiaw held up the ball in the box with impressive strength and passed short to González who was making a run into the box. González used a pair of shot fakes to rid himself of his defender and put the goalkeeper off balance before slotting home.
Miami’s final two goals came in the 82nd and 86th minute. A James through ball set Thiaw on goal, allowing and skillfully dribbled around the goalkeeper and finish with his right. For Miami’s 10th and final goal, James used an over-the-top through ball to unleash Marco Franco. Franco took the ball to the end line and played a pass into the middle of the six-yard box, where Suárez easily tapped the ball into the back of the net.
The Miami FC will remain at home next week against Central Florida Panthers SC on Saturday, June 8th.
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