Miami FC scored two goals within a three-minute span of the second half to pull away from host Loudoun United FC for a 4-1 victory July 11 at Segra Field in Leesburg.
Christiano Francois -- the USLChampionship.com Man of the Match -- scored in the 70th minute and assisted on Ariel Martinez's goal in the 73rd minute to extend Miami's lead to 3-0.
Loudoun scored its lone goal following a corner kick opportunity in the 75th minute. Owen Walz slammed home a right-footed shot into the right side of the goal, with Abdellatif Aboukoura earning the assist.
Billy Forbes netted a goal in second-half stoppage time to push the final margin to 4-1. Bolu Akinyode scored the lone goal of the first half to give Miami a 1-0 halftime lead.
Loudoun had a chance to pull even in the first half after Darluis Paz drew a foul in the penalty area. Paz struck the crossbar with the ensuing penalty kick.
After securing consecutive wins for the first time this season, Miami FC (6-5-2, 20 points) moves into third place in the eight-team Atlantic Division.
Loudoun (2-9, 6 points) slipped to 1-5 at home this season. The Red-and-White sit eighth in the Atlantic Division, six points out of the seventh spot.
Following road games at Pittsburgh (July 17) and Tampa Bay (July 24), Loudoun returns home July 27 to host the Charleston Battery. Ticket information at loudoununitedfc.com.
Miami FC 4, Loudoun United FC 1
M - Bolu Akinyode (Adonijah Reid) 26’
M - Christiano Francois (Pierre Da Silva) 70’
M - Ariel Martinez (Christiano Francois) 73’
L - Owen Walz (Abdellatif Aboukoura) 75’
M - Billy Forbes (Ariel Martinez) 90+2’
Photos by Bill Vocke