Miami United FC

Miami United Football Club is an association football team based in Miami, Florida, United States. Founded in late 2012, the team made its debut in the Sunshine Conference of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) in 2013. The team plays its home games at North Miami Athletic Stadium, located in North Miami Beach, Florida.

Miami United FC
Full nameMiami United Football Club
Founded2012 (2012)
StadiumNorth Miami Athletic Stadium
North Miami Beach, Florida
PresidentMiguel Nasur
CEO & FounderRoberto Sacca
Head CoachFerdinando De Matthaeis
LeagueNational Premier Soccer League
WebsiteClub website



Miami United played and won their first ever game in club history vs Cape Coral Hurricanes, 3–0, May 4, 2013. Miami finished the season in 3rd place in the NPSL Sunshine Conference.

2013 brought with it the creation of the youth and women's teams, along with new head coach Ferdinando De Matthaeis. Miami United FC also struck up a partnership with nearby Miami Dade College in a joint effort to develop youth soccer in Miami.


In 2014 Miami United's official jersey and equipment supplier changed. No longer was the team's jersey and equipment supplied by Admiral, but instead by the Italian sports apparel company Garman. Italian watch and jewelry maker Gaga Milano also became the team's jersey sponsor. Miami remained heavily engaged in the community forging successful 2nd, youth and women's teams. Miami's 1st team also improved on the field by creating a club that had a mixture of veteran players and younger local players. The club finished the regular season undefeated on top of Sunshine Conference. Miami defeated both Storm FC and Tampa Marauders to claim the 2014 Sunshine Conference title. Miami then went on to face Chattanooga FC in the NPSL Southern Regional Finals, but was defeated. Despite losing to Chattanooga, because Miami won the Sunshine Conference the club still qualified for a slot in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup the following year.

After the NPSL post season, Miami United competed in an international friendly with Italian clubs Calcio Catania, Brescia Calcio and Novara Calcio. Miami won two of the three games.


In January, Miami United played the most important game in their short history, vs San Lorenzo de Almagro, the last champion of "Copa Libertadores" (the top continental club trophy in South America).

In the Spring of 2015, Miami United FC became partners with the Portuguese club C.S. Marítimo and Japanese club FC Osaka.


In January 2016, Miami United signed former Brazil international Adriano and Honduran international Julio César de León a.k.a. "Rambo" De Leon.

Miami United were crowned Champions of the Sunshine Conference. The club went on to defeat Atlanta Silverbacks in the Southern Semi-Regional Finals. After defeating Atlanta, Miami United traveled north to Tennessee to face Chattanooga FC in the NPSL Southern Regional Finals yet again. Despite losing to Chattanooga in a PK shootout, because Miami won the Sunshine Conference the club still qualified for a slot in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.


In August 2017, Miami United were announced as one of 8 applicant teams to join the National Independent Soccer Association, subject to United States Soccer Federation approval.


Miami United reached the fourth round of the 2018 U.S. Open Cup with a 2–0 over fellow Floridian side Jacksonville Armada,[2] setting up a fourth-round tie with Major League Soccer side Orlando City SC.[3]

Name and club identity

Due to the ever evolving diversity of Miami and the rest of South Florida in general, the name United was chosen as a means of unifying the many different peoples that make up the city, hence one of the club's mottos "Bringing the community together for the LOVE of the game." Unlike other clubs that use the title "United" as an indicator of the amalgamation of two or more clubs to form the one, as in the case of the well known English side Newcastle United, the use of the title "United" serves more as a celebratory and honorary salute to the multiple histories, legacies, players and fans of the four previous clubs that have represented the city over the years, i.e. Miami Gatos, Miami Toros, Miami Fusion, and lastly Miami FC. While Miami United F.C. has no official affiliation, nor claims to have any affiliation with any of the previous teams, the commitment to honor and celebrate the city's soccer past and cultural diversity remains a great part of the club's identity.


Period Clothing sponsor Shirt sponsor
2012–2013 Admiral Admiral
2013–2016 Garman GaGa Milano
2017– Skyros Sports


Year Division League Regular Season Season Record NPSL Playoffs US Open Cup
2013 4 NPSL 3rd, Sunshine 3–2–3 Did not qualify Did not qualify
2014 4 NPSL 1st, Sunshine 7–3–0 Southern Regional Did not qualify
2015 4 NPSL 2nd, Sunshine 6–0–4 Did not qualify 2nd round
2016 4 NPSL 1st, Sunshine 9–0–1 Southern Regional Did not qualify
2017 4 NPSL 2nd, Sunshine 7–4–1 Did not qualify 2nd round
2018 4 NPSL 3rd, Sunshine 6–1–5 Conference Final 4th round
2019 4 NPSL 3rd, Sunshine 7–3–0 Conference Final Did not qualify


Miami United play their home matches at Ted Hendricks Stadium, located in Milander Park in Hialeah, Florida.

Players and staff

Current roster

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of April 30, 2019.[4]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Peterson Occénat  Haiti
2 Defender Darryl Gordon  United States
3 Defender Bruno Camacho  Brazil
4 Defender Elisma Pierre  Haiti
5 Midfielder Ezequiel Tejera  Argentina
6 Midfielder Juan González  Colombia
7 Forward Shamar Shelton  Jamaica
8 Midfielder Chris Nurse  Guyana
9 Forward Brian Perea  Colombia
10 Midfielder Matheus Gotler  Brazil
12 Midfielder David Ochoa  Colombia
13 Defender Juan Fuenmayor  Venezuela
14 Midfielder Kaser Amar  Ghana
15 Defender David Alcantara  Mexico
16 Midfielder Bautista Domingues  Argentina
17 Midfielder Josiah Trimingham  Trinidad and Tobago
18 Forward Rafael Gonzalez  United States
19 Forward Nicolas Micoli  Argentina
20 Defender Maximiliano Schenfeld  United States
21 Midfielder Francisco Onesimo  Curaçao
22 Defender Diego Resquin  Panama
23 Forward Jhon Montaño  Colombia
24 Goalkeeper Omar Estrada  Colombia
25 Defender Olrish Saurel  Haiti
26 Defender Javier Chila  Ecuador
27 Midfielder Matias Solari  Argentina
70 Forward Ricardo Bazan  Colombia

Current coaching staff

Role Name
Head Coach Ferdinando De Matthaeis
Assistant Coach Franco Florio

Head Coaches

Name Nation Tenure
Ricardo Alcerro Honduras2012–13
Ferdinando De Matthaeis Italy2014
Sérgio Manoel Brazil2015
Ricardo Páez Venezuela2016
Stefano Agresti Italy2017
Gerardo Reinoso Argentina2018
Ferdinando De Matthaeis Italy2019–


  1. "Florida Football Alliance - Minor League Football". Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  2. Mendola, Nicholas (May 23, 2018). "WATCH: Miami United midfielder unleashes Open Cup laser". NBC Sports. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  3. Mendola, Nicholas (May 24, 2018). "U.S. Open Cup fourth round draw: New York Derby, Minnesota-Cincinnati". NBC Sports. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  4. "Miami United FC Official Roster". Miami United FC. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
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