Miami Dade FC

Miami Dade FC is an American soccer team based in Miami, Florida. The club was founded in 2014 and is currently competing in United Premier Soccer League. The team plays its home games at Tropical Park Stadium.[1] In November 2015, the club made international headlines by announcing that former Brazil national football team captain Emerson Ferreira da Rosa was joining the club.[2][3][4]

Miami Dade FC
Full nameMiami Dade Football Club
Nickname(s)Miami Dade
FoundedMay 20, 2014 (2014-05-20)
GroundTropical Park Stadium
Miami, Florida
OwnerLinck Group
PresidentGuilherme Moretto
Head CoachRafael Ferreiro
LeagueUnited Premier Soccer League
WebsiteClub website


2014: Miami Dade FC is born

The team's franchise rights for the NAL were purchased by the investment company, Linck Group, on May 1, 2014.

Miami Dade Football Club, LLC was registered with the Florida State Department on May 1, 2014, and on May 20 the team was officially announced as the 5th NAL Florida conference franchise.[5]

Ginga Scout was announced to be MDFC inaugural jersey sponsor in an event at 1826 Lounge in Miami Beach on May 20, 2014, at the same event which revealed the club's first ever jersey design.

Miami Dade FC debuted in the NAL on May 30, 2014, in a match against Nacional SC, winning the match 3 to 1. Players Andres Perez and Kaique Negri scored the club's first winning goals.

On July 26, Miami Dade FC was crowned NAL champions after defeating Santos USA.

2015-2016: New league

On March 12, Miami Dade FC announces that they will be part of the new league APSL, starting in April, 2015.

Miami Dade FC were defeated in the semi finals against Boca Raton FC therefore being eliminated, and ending their inaugural season in the APSL.[6]

In May 2016, Miami Dade FC played its first match against a National Team. The game was a Copa America 2016 preparation match against Haiti national football team at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. The game ended 4x1 for Haiti national football team.[7]

The Miami Dade FC found immediate success in the APSL, winning the 2016 Regular Season Championship with a 5–2–0 (Win-Draw-Loss) record.[8]

2017: Champions

With former Brazil national football team players Emerson Ferreira da Rosa and Gabriel Rodrigues dos Santos, Miami Dade FC won the 2017 Regular Season Championship undefeated.

2018 to Present

In 2018, Miami Dade FC joined the United Premier Soccer League. During their first season, the club managed to qualify to the playoffs but failed to advance to the final. In 2019 Miami Dade FC failed to qualify to the playoffs, finishing 10th in the standings.[9]

Miami Dade FC participated of the 2018 Campeonato Carioca of Beach Soccer. The tournament was founded in 1906, and feature traditional Brazilian teams such as Flamengo and Vasco da Gama. Miami Dade FC finish 3rd in their group, and did not qualify for the finals.[10]

On July 29, 2019, Miami Dade FC took 2nd place at the Svema Karlstad Trophy in Sweden, after losing against FBK Karlstad in the final.[11]

Club culture

The Miami Dade FC name comes from the Dade County, which was created on January 18, 1836, under the Territorial Act of the United States. The county was named after Major Francis L. Dade, a soldier killed in 1835 in the Second Seminole War, at what has since been named the Dade Battlefield. At the time of its creation, Dade County included the land that now contains Palm Beach and Broward counties, together with the Florida Keys from Bahia Honda Key north and the land of present-day Miami-Dade County. The county seat was originally at Indian Key in the Florida Keys; then in 1844, the County seat was moved to Miami. The Florida Keys from Key Largo to Bahia Honda were returned to Monroe County in 1866. In 1888 the county seat was moved to Juno, near present-day Juno Beach, Florida, returning to Miami in 1899. In 1909, Palm Beach County was formed from the northern portion of what was then Dade County, and then in 1915, Palm Beach County and Dade County contributed nearly equal portions of land to create what is now Broward County. There have been no significant boundary changes to the county since 1915.[12]

Reality TV Show

Miami Dade FC participated in the reality TV Show, (Sueno Futbol) in which Scouts of Miami Dade FC had to pick one player out of 25,000 trialists.[13][14] Produced by RCN Televisión, The show's first episode was aired on March 6, 2016 with a 3.2 rating.[15]


On February 2016, Miami Dade FC announced 2 franchises. Miami Dade FC Macae which is located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Miami Dade FC Barranquilla which is located in Barranquilla, Colombia. In 2019 Miami Dade FC announce their new franchise BIFA in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam and Miami Dade FC RJ, located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[16][17]

Colors and badge

On May 5, 2014 Miami Dade FC announced its selection of official club badge and colors, choosing to be represented by a palm tree and ocean, as well as blue and yellow as its primary colors.

Team kit

MDFC has as its primary colors white and black. The second uniform is Blue and white. MDFC will launch a full collection of kits once a year, Its schedule to launch in the second quarter, including also goalkeeper, training and travel kits.

  • Home colors – White;
  • Away colors – Blue;
  • Training – Gray;
  • Goalkeeper– Green.
Home 2016
Away 2016
Training 2016

Charitable work

On Thanksgiving Day, a half-dozen of the Miami-Dade FC team’s players and staff spent an afternoon making pasta at the Fort Lauderdale factory of Spaghetto, which manufactures fresh pasta, to then cook and donate to over 150 homeless.[18]

In July 2015, the United Nations presented Miami Dade FC in Barranquilla, Colombia in an event held at Estadio Metropolitano in front of 15,000 fans, an award for peace against drugs and offense in the world.[19]

Current roster

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. [20]

No. Position Player Nation
Goalkeeper Johnny Guedert  United States
Goalkeeper Rodrigo Pigatto  Brazil
Goalkeeper Jiayi Wang  China
Defender Wesley Souza  Brazil
Defender Reinaldo Ramos  Venezuela
Defender Joao Pedro Caselatto  Brazil
Defender Linus Fisher  Germany
Defender Fabio Fernandes  Brazil
Defender Brett Rivera  Colombia
Midfielder Joao Ricardo  Brazil
Midfielder Jairo Martinez  Colombia
Midfielder Rafinha  Brazil
Midfielder Nevado Elliott  Jamaica
Midfielder Wendel Gabriel  Brazil
Midfielder Christian Blandon  United States
Midfielder Gabriel Rodrigues dos Santos  Brazil
Midfielder Victor Hensel  Brazil
Midfielder Jonathan Lozano  United States
Midfielder Israel Kami  Brazil
Midfielder Frank Lustig  Germany
Midfielder Emerson Ferreira da Rosa  Brazil
Forward Roberto Linck  United States
Forward Marcos Fleury  Brazil

Notable former players

This list of former players includes those who received international caps while playing for the team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals while playing for the team, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they played for the team, or after they left. It is clearly not yet complete and all inclusive, and additions and refinements will continue to be made over time.


Top goal scorers

# Pos. Name Nation Career League US Open Cup Total
1 Midfielder Roberto Linck  United States 2014- 16 0 16
2 Striker Matheus Ayrolla  United States 2015 12 0 12
3 Midfielder Victor Hensel  Brazil 2018- 12 0 12

Last updated: July 3, 2018.
Bolded players are currently on the Miami Dade FC roster.
List only includes stats from 2014 to present

Team management

On December 11, 2013, Joao Garcia was announced as the first head coach of the new franchise, Garcia's official unveiling was made at a press conference on May 27, 2014.

Club Executive Roberto Linck Sr.
Club Executive Emerson Ferreira da Rosa
Club Executive Fernando Linck
Club Executive João Paulo Fernando Marangon
Club Executive Samir Lopes
Club Executive Fabio Simplicio
Coaching staff
Technical Director Joao Garcia
Head Coach Rafael Ferreiro
Assistant Coach Felix Mats
Assistant Coach Olaf Henke
Assistant Coach Sinue Zardo
Assistant Giovanna Natali
Trainer Miranda Goransson

Last updated: May 7, 2018


International Friendlies










  • NAL
    • Champions (1): 2014
  • APSL
    • Regular Season Champions (1): 2016
    • Regular Season Champions (1): 2017
    • APSL Champions (1): 2017


  • United Nations Award - UNODC[28] - Respira Paz (2015): Por su compromisso en la lucha contra la esclavitud del siglo XXI
  • Svema Karlstad Trophy - Runners-up (2nd Place) (2019)[11]

Club Records

  • Record national attendance 8,133 v Cruzeiro, Tour of Champions, 2014
  • Record international attendance 15,642 v Uniautonoma, Respira Paz, 2015
  • Record victory 13–0 v South Florida FC, NAL, 2014
  • Record defeat 2–7 v Hurricane FC, UPSL, 2019

See also


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  10. Bunch, Matthew (March 31, 2018). "Miami Dade FC beach soccer team participating in tournament in Brazil". Magic City Soccer. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
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  14. Sueno Futbol, Canal RCN, retrieved May 25, 2016
  15. Colombia Rating, Rating Colombia, retrieved May 25, 2016
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  17. Miami Dade FC Brazil, Achei USA, retrieved May 23, 2018
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  19. Miami Dade FC - Respira Paz, Naciones Unidas, retrieved July 2, 2015
  20. "Players - MIAMI DADE FC".
  21. "Miami Dade FC Staff". Miami Dade FC Official Page. Archived from the original on June 12, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  22. Miami Dade FC x Cruzeiro, GLOBO, retrieved June 22, 2014
  23. Miami Dade FC x Uniautonoma, Herald, retrieved July 6, 2015
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  25. Exvolante Emerson desafía al ‘Pibe’ Valderrama en Puerto Colombia, Herald, retrieved January 24, 2017
  26. El Duelo de capitanes, Herald, retrieved January 27, 2017
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