Miami FC and the New York Cosmos move into NPSL final

Miami FC and the New York Cosmos, both former NASL powers, will meet in the NPSL final.

Miami FC, the defending champion, beat Cleveland SC, 4-1, to move into the championship game against the Cosmos, 2-0 winners over ASC San Diego.

Miami FC dominated Cleveland SC but didn't get its first goal until the 53rd minute when Callum Chapman-Page scored on a header off a corner kick by Cuban Ariel Martinez.

Two minutes later, Martinez scored on a pass from Miguel Gonzalez, who scored the third goal himself. Harrison Heath, son of Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath, completed the scoring in the 89th minute, five minutes after Mike Derezic beat Miami goalkeeper Mark Pais from distance.

The Cosmos also needed second-half goals from David Diosa and Junior Burgos to dispose of ASC San Diego and move into the final at Mitchel Athletic Complex on Saturday night.

It will be the second year in a row Miami FC has had to travel to the New York area for the championship game. In 2018, it beat New Jersey-based FC Motown, 3-1.

Saturday's game will be the last for Miami FC in the NPSL. It will be moving to the NISA in the fall.

Photo: New York Cosmos

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1 comment about "Miami FC and the New York Cosmos move into NPSL final".
  1. R2 Dad, July 28, 2019 at 4:33 p.m.

    Until USSF, ie the American FA, grows a set and establishes a structure under which soccer can grow in this country, we will be stuck with this ridiculousness of teams jumping around for far, far into the future. It's like the economy when businesses can't plan for the future because they don't know what trade policy will be. We've got MLS and it's useless subsidiary USL, and other leagues which may or may not be around depending on if their business models survive. The status quo is unacceptable. The NCAA refuses to evolve. We're stuck. The tree keeps adding branches (MLS) that the roots can't support. Why isn't anyone talking about this? 

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