Ghanaian Midfielder Kwadwo poku picked up a straight red for raising an elbow to Ledesma as hoped to spark a counter out of Miami’s defensive end.
Poku put up no fight with the referee as he hustled to the locker room, leaving his team to ride out the result down a man.
Miami FC finished the match with 10 men after the ejection of Kwadwo Poku, who received the direct red card from referee Timothy Ford for kicking Jimmy Mulligan in the 59th minute.
The match was physical from the beginning, with the rivalry between the squads and also the high stakes.
The Cosmos needed to win to maintain their hopes for the Spring title.
In the first half alone, the referee called 20 fouls.
Miami FC coach Alessandro Nesta played all of his starters, although many thought he was going to use some reserves considering:
▪ Miami FC entered Saturday with a seven-point lead in the NASL standings on the Cosmos and San Francisco.
▪ On Wednesday, Miami FC will play the most important match of its short history when it faces Atlanta United FC of MLS at Riccardo Silva Stadium in the U.S. Open Cup’s Round of 16.
After Poku was sent off the game became one-sided, with Miami defending everything and looking for the opportunity to counterattack. In the 65th minute, Rennella passed to Pinho, who leaked through the defense. But Pinho’s shot went wide.
Despite playing with only 10 men after the 59th minute, Miami FC edged the New York Cosmos 2-1 on Saturday night in front of 6,219 fans at FIU’s Riccardo Silva Stadium.
Nesta took out Rennella and put in Gabriel Farfán in the 76th minute in a clear decision to defend the lead.
Miami FC came up with an orderly defense and left the field with what it wanted: the victory.
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