Lots going on in Bluesville. Let's not waste any time.
1. After long wait, Cuban defectors Pedro Faife and Reinier Alcantara have received international clearance, and will make the trip to Charleston for Wednesday night's match.
2. Brazilian goal scorer Paulo Araujo Jr., who joined the team late last week, practiced Monday morning and will also make the trip to South Carolina. There's a chance he could start in place of suspended striker Diego Serna.
3. Speaking of Serna, there has been some internal backlash to his second red card in four matches. Much more to come on that matter soon.
4. After five matches at home, the road comes calling this week. It won't be a cushy stretch. The Blues will board a bus Tuesday, make the nine-hour trip to Charleston for Wednesday's match, and then will turn back around and drive back after it ends. After arriving back in South Florida around dawn Thursday, they won't enjoy the comforts of home long. Friday morning, they fly to Minnesota, practice Friday afternoon and then play the last-place Thunder Saturday. Then Sunday, back on the plane for the flight home.
5. Only 18 players will travel to Charleston. They are, according to Miami FC coach Zinho: Faife, Alcantara, Araujo, Pat Hannigan, Kenny Schoeni, Facundo Erpen, Cristiano Dias, Tim Merritt, Walter Ramirez, Jack Traynor, Jarryd Goldberg, Johnny Pulido, Edwin Miranda, Leo Inacio Nunes, Orlando Bueso, Alen Marcina, and Connaly Edozien, pending the resolution of a personal issue.