September 6, 2017 - North American Soccer League (NASL) - Miami FC
MIAMI ¬†- The Miami FC hosted the New York Cosmos at Riccardo Silva Stadium and tied 3-3¬†in a thrilling goalfest. Jaime Ch√°vez scored all three goals for Miami. Ch√°vez has now scored seven goals in his last five matches, and one in each of his last five matches.
Before Miami could get¬†settled, the Cosmos drew first blood in the 10th minute, when a Cosmos cross into the box flew past an outstretched Vega, clanked off¬†Dejan Jakovic¬†and found its way to¬†Bljedi Bardic, who struck home into an open net to give New York a 1-0 lead.
A flurry of action on a pair of corner kicks just six minutes later nearly saw Miami draw level with the Cosmos. Rhett Bernstein was on the end of both corners, and on the second he got hold of a Hunter Freeman cross and headed a shot that ricocheted off the crossbar.
Moments later, St√©fano Pinho got in on the action with a bit of Brazilian flare. Pinho swiftly cut inside and left his marker on the ground, freeing himself to take a long-distance shot that drifted just wide of the goal.
Miami would get its equalizer late in the first half, with goal machine Jaime Ch√°vez the protagonist. Freeman swung in a free kick that was met by Bernstein, who directed his header forward and found Ch√°vez unmarked near the edge of the six-yard box. Ch√°vez calmly powered his volley past Cosmos goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck to draw level with the Cosmos at 1-1.
Miami and New York went into halftime deadlocked at 1-1.
Absolute scenes unfolded in the second half.
In the 63rd minute, after a¬†series of comical missed clearances from the Cosmos in their own box, Ch√°vez found himself with the ball at his feet and loads of time and space in front of goal. He curled in a perfectly paced shot and gave the Orange and Blue a 2-1 lead.¬†
But the Cosmos would answer Miami's goal with one of their own in the 81st minute. Javi M√°rquez got loose on the right side of the box and¬†slinged a quick pass across the face of goal that was one-timed off the crossbar and into the goal by¬†Pablo Vranjic√°n.
A man on a mission, Ch√°vez would net his hat-trick in the 90th minute of the match with a stellar right-footed strike from the left corner of the box that scooted past Zobeck and put Miami ahead 3-2.
As they did throughout this match, New York would not stay down. In the 92nd minute, M√°rquez found a sliver of space in Miami's box and uncorked an unstoppable shot to tie the match at 3-3.
Miami couldn't find a final goal with just a few minutes left, and both teams left the match with one point apiece.¬†
The Miami FC's next match will be at home on Saturday, September 16 against the San Francisco Deltas. The scheduled road match with the Deltas on Saturday, September 9 has been postponed until further notice.¬†
GK - Vega
DEF - Smith, Trafford, Bernstein, Freeman
MID - Farf√°n (69' - Palmer), Ryan (82' - Lambrughi), Lahoud, Mart√≠nez (90'+3' - Rezende)
FWD - Ch√°vez, Pinho
10' - Bardic (NYC) | Assisted by Jakovic
44' - Ch√°vez (MIA) | Assisted by Bernstein
63' - Ch√°vez (MIA)
81' - Vranjic√°n (NYC) | Assisted by M√°rquez
90' - Ch√°vez (MIA)
90'+2' - M√°rquez (NYC)
39' - Lahoud (MIA) | Yellow
41' - Freeman (MIA) | Yellow
53' - Mendes (NYC) | Yellow
67' - Richter (NYC) | Yellow
Pass Accuracy: 84.5%
About The Miami FC
The Miami FC is Miami\'s only professional soccer team and began playing in the North American Soccer League (NASL) in 2016. The Club won the 2017 NASL Spring Season Championship in just their second year. Co-owned by international entrepreneur Riccardo Silva and world-renowned soccer superstar Paolo Maldini, the club will compete in the U.S. Open Cup and host international tournaments and friendly matches.
In partnership with The Miami Foundation and the Play for Change Foundation, Miami FC\'s mission is to connect with Miami\'s communities through the global language of soccer, strengthening their ties by promoting social-driven initiatives and charitable work through soccer.
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