Miami amateur club Red Force FC is one of 9 teams competing in the American Premier Soccer League in southern Florida. Founded by former Argentine professional player Gabriel Vega in 2009, Red Force has been making a name for itself with league titles and cup runs in Florida amateur soccer circuits.
In each of the club’s two previous appearances in the U.S. Open Cup, they faced rebuttal from a PDL side. In 2013 the team lost a home match against Ocala Stampede 4-2 and after beating USSSA side Colorado Rovers on the road 2-1 in 2014, Red Force was edged by Laredo Heat in Texas.
Red Force will hope that the third time is the charm as the team hosts South Florida Surf of the PDL on May 9.
While South Florida Surf was founded in 2016, the organization has wasted no time making a splash. English center back Jack Elliott played with the Surf in the 2016 season and has since been drafted and signed by Philadelphia Union of MLS.
What South Florida Surf may lack in organizational history, its staff more than makes up for with personal experience. Head coach Peter Fuller is a former PDL coach of the year, worked as an assistant coach for New England Revolution, headed Philadelphia’s under-18 program, and has over a decade of success developing players as a college coach.
This South Florida matchup kicks off at 8:30PM on Tuesday May 9 and the winner will face NASL side Miami FC in the Second Round.