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Meet the Division: Miami FC

By Riverhounds Staff, 04/30/21, 12:30PM EDT

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Nearly 1,200 miles separates us from the only Atlantic Division opponent that the Hounds have yet to face, Miami FC.

In its inaugural season in the USL Championship, the Miami FC finished third in Group H with a 4-8-4 record. The club posted a 3-3-2 record at home, including wins over Charlotte Independence and Charleston Battery. Romario Williams led the team with eight goals, tied for the seventh-most in the Eastern Conference.

Head coach Paul Dalglish remains in charge of the team, having moved back to the bench from the front office after an 0-3 start by the team last season. Lance Rozeboom and Sean McFarlane headline those returning to the club, but what is perhaps more noteworthy is the club’s incoming group.

Miami added an influx of scoring to its roster, led by 2020 all-USL selection and former Robert Morris University standout Devon “Speedy” Williams. The club also added Billy Forbes, who tallied seven goals in 16 matches, and former Riverhounds forward Christiano François, who notched six goals last season. The club also re-signed Ariel Martinez, who originally played for Miami for three seasons in the North American Soccer League.

Miami bolstered its defense, as well, signing three-time all-USL selection Paco Craig, who returns to the U.S. after a Covid-shortened stint in England with Wycombe Wanderers in England’s League One.

The clubs meet for the first time on June 12 at Highmark Stadium and will play in Pittsburgh again on Aug. 11. The Hounds travel to Miami twice in the final month of the season, on Oct. 2 and Oct. 17, where they will play at the largest venue in the division, the 20,000-seat Riccardo Silva Stadium.