Today the team announced the signing of five players from Miami FC's sister team Desportivo Brasil, including 2009 Miami FC standout Paulo Araujo Jr. (left), to help add some speed and skill to this year's roster. You can check out some highlights on Miami FC TV.
These signings were designed to bolster the roster from the back line to the front line, addressing many of the team's needs. It also adds depth, flexibility and youth to a midfield that is expected to be a strong unit for the Blues with the ability to create many scoring opportunities in addition to disrupting opposing attackers.
Fans already know what Paulo Jr. has to offer after he burst onto the scene last season, emerging as one of Miami FC's most reliable players. He is quick, athletic and showed an ability to create scoring opportunities for himself and fellow teammates. Last season, the forward logged in nearly 1,000 minutes of play in 15 games, scoring three goals and providing a spark for the team on the pitch. The team is very glad to have him back for this season and provides a sense of continuity from last season.
The signings include three midfielders (Ariel Germiniani, Paulinho Le Petit and Lennon Celestino) who will join Jarryd Goldberg and Bryan Perez to form a midfield that will difficult for opponents to figure out. Germiniani, who turns 20 next month, has an aggressive style of play and is not afraid to challenge and go after the opposing defenses. He has a strong, mid-range shot and speed to cause damage deep in opponents' territory with great ball movement that will keep defenders missing. Le Petit is more of a defensive midfielder, who has great vision and awareness on the pitch. He is a player with an uncanny ability to get the ball to playmakers and create opportunities to put up points on the scoreboard. And Celestino will be a disruptive defensive presence who is known for breaking up plays with a nose for finding the ball and anticipating and reading attackers.
In the backfield, Euzibio Neto is expected to make an impact at right back. He has speed in the open that will allow him to make on-field adjustments and will challenge opposing attackers, forcing them to make mistakes.
You can see what these players can do with your own eyes and get a better idea of what they can do on the pitch this upcoming season or with highlights for all five signings on Miami FC TV!
Jarryd Goldberg had some thoughts after Miami FC's preseason match against a tough Florida Gulf Coast squad. Jarryd lets us know that while the team did pick up the victory, he still feels there is more work to be done and the team is determined to get that work done:
The game against Florida Gulf Coast was an okay performance by the squad. We had a bunch of objectives that we set forth to complete as a unit and completed most of them, but I think as a group we were too focused on completing the objectives that we lost focus of just playing the game. We won the game 1-0 with a good goal off of a direct kick, but we were not fully satisfied with our performance. Yes a win is a win, but we have and will regroup and put the work in this week to play even better in our game on Friday. Our goal is to keep progressing as a unit and prepare ourselves as best we can for the start of the season.
We welcomed Christian Gomez at practice several days ago and also did the "beep test". Fun stuff! But hey, gotta put the work in to get the results!
JG 14 out.