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Inter Miami faces Philadelphia in MLS tournament

Internacional seeking first-ever win.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (July 14, 2020) Inter Miami will be back in action tonight in the MLS is Back Tournament against the Philadelphia Union. The late-night match at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando will air on TUDN, the TUDN App and Twitter channel, TSN and the TSN App at 10:30 p.m. ET.

The team’s app will feature radio broadcasting and coverage prior to kickoff from 10:00 pm and after the match. The game can also be heard in Spanish on Univision Miami’s WQBA 1140 AM. 

Defender Andrés Reyes, who was injured in the loss to Orlando, is available, as is Panamanian defender Román Torres, who is back after serving a one-game suspension for receiving a red card against D.C. United.

Rodolfo Pizarro will also be a key player. The attacking midfielder has the ability to work in tight spaces and the vision to find runners. It remains to be seen who gets the start tonight in the striker position, Juan Agudelo or Julián Carranza. One player who may start is midfielder Lee Nguyen, who demonstrated good play, working well with Pizarro after coming on as a substitute against Orlando City.

Formation-wise, Inter Miami has been lined up in a 3-4-3 shape. They have spent a lot of time on defence, and their formation resembles a 5-3-2. They haven’t had good flow between the lines, which has resulted in the team being forced to go over the top. They need to tighten that passing game and get the ball on the feet of Pizzaro. Accomplishing this will improve their possession time, which is under fifty percent.

As far as the tournament goes, this is an important game for Internacional. They have three group stage games, and a loss tonight leaves them only a game against New York City left in the group stage.

Pre-Game Reflections

One player who has turned in some solid performances so far is Scottish winger Lewis Morgan. “The longer these things go on, maybe a little bit of pressure gets added — maybe not externally but internally within the group,” Morgan said. “It’s important that we’re demanding of ourselves and demand that we do put that pressure on. The moment is about putting up a complete 90 minutes together.”

It’s been a rough start for the Rosanegro. After starting their season with consecutive one-goal losses on the road, Inter Miami opened the MLS is Back tournament with a 2-1 loss to Orlando City SC last Wednesday after the Luis Nani scored the game winner for the Lions to claim the victory.

Philadelphia is one of the favourites to win the tournament. They defeated New York City 1-0 in their opening game. Last season, the Union compiled a 16-11-7 record and finished third in the Eastern Conference, before losing to Atlanta United in the conference semifinals.

“They have been with their head coach a long time,” Inter Miami coach Diego Alonso said about Philadelphia’s manager Jim Curtin, who has been head coach since 2014. “They play with a clear pattern.”

For his part, Philadelphia’s manager is not taking Inter Miami lightly: “Inter Miami was playing some good soccer before the quarantine period, they played LAFC one of the best teams in our league and held them pretty well at their stadium,” Curtin said. “They also played well against D.C. United before a red card went against them. We played them in preseason so we’re familiar with them, they are very well coached and organized, and overall will bring a lot of intensity this time around.”

Injury Report

Out: George Acosta (M); David Norman (M) ; Denso Ulysse (D); Robbie Robinson (F)

Notes

Inter Miami is set to wear its all black shirt tonight for the first time. The team calls the shirt the “Rosanegra.” It is black with very pale pink stripes on the shoulders in the style of the MLS 25th anniversary shirts that each team has. By way of a small language lesson, in case you are wondering why the shirt is called the Rosanegra, here’s why: Shirt in Spanish is la camisa, or as fútbol fans usually say, la camiseta (the little shirt). They are feminine nouns in Spanish; therefore the shirt must be the “Rosanegra” – the pink and black shirt. In contrast, references to the team would use the masculine form – Rosanegro – team being el equipo (or el conjunto) in Spanish.

Whistle: Referee: Silviu Petrescu.  Assistant Referees Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho, Ian McKay. 4th Official: Drew Fischer. VAR: Victor Rivas 

By Ken Russo

My work in the business of soccer applies skills acquired in law practice with a focus on the sport's commercial, communications and sporting components. Russo Soccer aims to inform, educate and engage in dialogue on news and relevant issues in the game.

Um advogado por formação, concentro meu trabalho nos negócios, comunicações e operações de equipes no futebol mundial. | Abogado con fundación avanzada en comunicaciones, enfocado en los negocios del fútbol y las comunicaciones. | Je suis un avocat experimenté dans les affaires de football.

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