BOCA RATON FOOTBALL CLUB vs MIAMI UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB
06/09/2018 | NPSL Week 8 | NPSL Game No. 6
2018 Records (W-D-L):
BRFC: 2-0-3, (6 pts); 8 GF, 12 GA, -4 GD; 1-0-0 on the road; 4th place
MIAMI UNITED: 4-2-1, (14 pts); 20 GF, 4 GA, +16 GD; 1-1-1 at home; 1st place
BOCA RATON, FL – On Saturday, Boca Raton FC travels to Hialeah, FL to take on Miami United. The trip to Milander Park is the first game of the team’s upcoming four-game road trip. The Boys in Blue will take on Jacksonville, Palm Beach United, and Naples after their matchup with Miami United. After playing an Open Cup game on Wednesday, losing to MLS side Orlando City by a score of 3-0, Saturday’s NPSL matchup will be Miami United’s third game in the past week.
Miami United, who sit atop the Sunshine Conference, boast the most prolific attack in the league, scoring an average of 2.86 goals per game. Boca Raton FC has also proved that they are capable of putting up big numbers, scoring three or more goals on two occasions.
Boca Raton FC is yet to defeat Miami United, with the record standing at 0-0-3. Miami United beat Boca Raton by the same score in both games last season: 1-0. In the first game of the 2018 NPSL season, Boca Raton FC and Miami United faced off at The Shipyard, with Miami winning 4-0.
Players to Watch:
Boca Raton FC – Alec-Michael Petrizzi, 19, is a left-footed midfielder. Petrizzi joined Boca Raton FC in May after returning from his first year at the University of Louisville. Confident in 1v1 situations, Alec-Michael is comfortable going forward to join the attack: “Against Miami United, we need to take care of the ball and retain possession when we can. We also need to get a lot of players into the final third so we can create scoring opportunities.”
Miami United FC – Nicolás Gorobsov, Having signed for Miami United in early March, Nicolás is a relatively new addition to the Miami United team. The Argentine has spent most of his career in Romania and Italy, most notably with Torino, for whom he made one Serie A appearance. Gorobsov is the NPSL’s third-highest scoring player, with four goals this season. Boca Raton will be eager to contain Gorobsov, who scored three times when these sides met in early May.
At practice on Thursday Coach Jim Rooney was asked about what the team has focused on in practice this week and looking forward to the upcoming three-game road trip, here’s what he said:
“We’ve put last weekend’s game behind us and are looking forward to the game this Saturday. This upcoming game will be a challenge for the team. Like we do every week we are working on defensive shape, especially going into this game. Miami [United] are a very good team and we really need to focus on containing them. Traveling is part of the game, we are aware of that and have prepared mentally for what to expect. Right now myself and the team are focused on Miami United and preparation for the game”.
- Rafina (Broken Foot)
- Daniel Meneses (Knee)
- Josehp Sosa (Thigh)