BOCA RATON, FL — Boca Raton Football Club fell to conference leaders, Miami United FC 4-0 on Saturday, May 5 at Atlantic High School.
Boca Raton FC started the game strong, pressing on the visitors most of the first half but an early questionable penalty kick call for the away side saw the visitors take the 1-0 lead in the 15th minute.
Despite the goal, Boca Raton FC continued to press looking for the equalizer.
Head coach Jim Rooney changed things up in the 36th minute when he went with a more attacking line-up by bringing in Boca Raton FC’s 2nd all-time goal scoring leader (14), Colby Burdette to replace Gabriel Bravo.
Eight minutes into the second half, after another interesting penalty call for the away side, Miami United doubled their lead to 2-0.
Boca Raton FC continued to battle, and in the process saw midfielder Junior Palacios be sent off in the 75th minute.
Miami United exploited being a man up on the home side and added two more goals before the final whistle.
“We played a good game, I liked the way we kept our shape throughout the match and despite going down we continued to battle versus one of the best teams in the conference,” said Rooney after the match. “We took a lot out of this game and we need to remind ourselves we are still not at 100 percent.”
With a handful of players still making their way to Boca Raton FC as they return from college, Boca Raton FC will continue to work as they set their eyes on a road-weary Jacksonville Armada team that will be playing their third game in a week when they visit Atlantic High School on Saturday, May 12.
“We can compete with the best of them,” said midfielder Carlos Meneses. “Tonight’s result is not a reflection of who we are and we will work harder this week to give our fans a good showing on May 12.”
Tickets for the match versus Jacksonville Armada are on sale now at bocaratonfc.com/tickets. Tickets start at only $10 and are a great, affordable, family-friendly event to take the kids to on a Saturday night.
DEF: Joao Victor (70’ – Contreiras), Josehp, Breno, Giscombe
MID: Palacios, Meneses, Amoroso (67’ – Rafinha), Eusebio, Bravo (36’ – Burdette)