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Match Preview: Rhode Island FC vs. Miami FC: July 13, 2024

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After a last-second equalizer secured a dramatic 3-3 draw vs. Indy Eleven at Beirne Stadium and kept Rhode Island FC’s four-match unbeaten streak alive, the Ocean State club is back out on the road this week as it heads down south to take on Miami FC. After scoring three or more goals in each of its last three matches, the club will look to punch its way above the playoff line with a fifth-consecutive result this weekend against a Miami squad that is winless in its last 10 matches. Ahead of Saturday’s Eastern Conference battle, here is everything you need to know about the match.


AT A GLANCE

Date | Saturday, July 13

Kickoff | 7:00 PM ET

Location | FIU Stadium, Miami FL

Broadcast | ESPN+

Social | @rhodeislandfc (X, Instagram, Facebook)

Match Hashtag | #MIAvRI

MIAMI FC

Roster

GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Khadim Ndiaye, 12-Daniel Gagliardi, 31-Felipe Rodriguez

DEFENDERS (12): 2-Allan Aniz, 3-Jordan Ayimbila, 4-Nicolas Cardona, 5-Achille Truchot, 6-Samuel Biek, 13-Daltyn Knuston, 14-Daniel Barbir, 15-Mujeeb Murana, 18-Junior Palacios, 29-Alejandro Mitrano, 30-Christopher Jean-Francois, 34-Marco Santana

MIDFIELDERS (6): 8-Gabriel Cabral, 16-Manuel Botta, 32-David Mejia, 33-Lucas Depaula, 80-Andrew Booth, 99-Allen Gavilanes

FORWARDS (7): 7-Luis Pedro, 9-Isaac Zuleta, 11-Frank Lopez, 18-Khalid Balogun, 23-Rocco Genzano, 50-Roberto Molina 67-Mattia Gagliardi

Defensive Woes

Miami FC (2W-14L-2D) will head into Saturday’s match in need of a strong result to revitalize its season. The club currently sits last in the USL Championship standings on eight points and two wins, with its last victory coming 11 matches ago on April 27 in a 2-1 victory over San Antonio FC. Since then, Miami has earned just one point with a 0W-9L-1D record and lead the league with 42 goals conceded. Over the last nine matches, Miami has conceded at least one goal, including eight over its last two. Despite the defensive struggles, the club’s three goalkeepers have accounted for multiple double-figure save performances. Facing a league-high 307 shots (116 on target), the trio have combined for 72 saves in 18 matches, second most in the league. Against an RIFC squad that has scored proficiently in its last three matches, Miami will need to find a way to prevent the barrage of shots it has faced through 18 matches.

Work the Final Third

Although the defensive end has hurt Miami this season, 11 different players have been able…

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