Fuel Soccer Talk: Sweet Repeat for Miami FC; LAFC close in on big signing; MLS Big Picture

Miami FC tops N.Y. Cosmos for second straight NPSL title

UNIONDALE, New York – The Miami FC won its second successive NPSL National Championship Saturday night at Mitchell Athletic Complex with a 3-1 victory over the New York Cosmos. Two first half goals from Dylan Mares gave the Orange and Blue a lead they never relinquished. A late Shawn Chin strike provided the insurance as Miami FC won its eight trophy in the last three years.

It was the sixth trophy Miami FC has won in two seasons under Coach Paul Dalglish. “I couldn’t be more proud of the boys taking the last step of the NPSL journey in winning this title again. it’s an honor to be the coach of such an outstanding team.”

Mares, who was named Man of the Match for the second successive year in the NPSL National Championship game, scored both his first half goals after quick changes of possession. On the first goal, Mares played a quick one two with Miguel González and slotted a shot home from inside the area. On his second goal, Mares took advantage of Toms Gránitto winning the ball just outside the Cosmos area and then playing him into space.

“It’s hard to win something once, but to win it twice is unbelievable. We worked so hard to win this title again and tonight’s game was very difficult, against the best team we played all year,” Mares said.

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Report: LAFC set to sign Uruguayan youngster Brian Rodriguez

LAFC are getting closer to signing their third DP. According to Kevin Baxter of the LA Times, the club have completed their big-money deal to sign Uruguayan teenager Brian Rodriguez from Penarol.

Rodriguez, 19, is just breaking through in Peñarol’s first team, the same club that LAFC young star Diego Rossi made his professional debut with. A versatile attacker, Rodriguez played in the 2019 U-20 World Cup in Poland for Uruguay, and is capable of setting up goals as well as scoring.

Stateside reports indicate a deal is not yet done for Rodriguez.

Big Picture stuff: MLS News & Notes from around the league

LAFC 2, New England Revolution 0: The New England Revolution’s 11-game unbeaten streak is over, as Supporters’ Shield leaders LAFC captured a 2-0 win Saturday night at Gillette Stadium behind goals on either side of halftime. The Revs were handed a reality check against LAFC after recording recent wins against the likes of the Vancouver Whitecaps and FC Cincinnati, struggling sides near or at the bottom of their respective conferences. With the 11-game unbeaten streak over, this is New England’s first league loss since Bruce Arena was named head coach and sporting director in early May. Meanwhile, LAFC recorded their seventh road win of the season and kept their record-breaking pace going in 2019. That all came as Carlos Vela was held without a goal or an assist.  – Jonathan Sigal 

Colorado Rapids 6, Montreal Impact 3: A few strange things happened in Commerce City this weekend. In the end, it was that the Colorado Rapids broke out with a wild 6-3 win over the visiting Montreal Impact behind a hat trick from Kei Kamara, only the second of his career. It’s fair to say the Rapids offense has arrived. They have now scored a goal in 14 straight games – tying their club record (2007), and the six tonight are the most in team history. And, they’re up to 39 goals on the season, the most they’ve scored in a season since also scoring 39 in 2016. Kamara’s 11 are also the most for Colorado since 2010, when Omar Cummings scored 14 and Conor Casey added 13. – German Sferra

Philadelphia Union 5, DC United 1: Marco Fabian scored his first MLS brace and the Philadelphia Union returned to the top of the Eastern Conference standings following a 5-1 victory over 10-man D.C. United on Sunday evening at Audi Field. After sitting first or second in the Eastern Conference for much of the season, D.C. are now fourth after winning only two of their last 15 games, and more alarmingly, only four points above the playoff line. It won’t get any easier for the Black-and-Red, who must rebound from a horrific defensive night to try and shut down Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the LA Galaxy. – Ian Quillen

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