Inter Miami CF vs. Orlando City SC | 2020 MLS Match Preview
2020 MLS Regular Season – Week 20
Inter Miami CF vs. Orlando City SC
Inter Miami CF Stadium – Fort Lauderdale
October 24 – 3:30 PM ET
TV: Univision, TUDN
STREAMING: Twitter in US; MLS LIVE on DAZN in Canada
Inter Miami CF look to re-create the magic of a late August Saturday night in Fort Lauderdale when they celebrated their first-ever MLS win when they take on rival Orlando City SC Saturday afternoon at Inter Miami CF Stadium.
Inter Miami CF (5W-13L-3D) are hoping to move back above the playoff line in the Eastern Conference and bounce back from a 2-1 loss to the Montreal Impact Saturday, while Orlando City SC (8W-2L-8D) extended an unbeaten streak to 12 with a playoff-clinching 1-1 draw against the New York Red Bulls.
This is the fourth meeting this season between the sides. Orlando City enjoyed matching 2-1 victories in Orlando, the first the opening match of the MLS is Back Tournament, while Inter Miami won 3-2 to open their new stadium on August 22.
Inter Miami CF
A modest three-match unbeaten streak was snapped at Red Bull Arena Saturday night following a 2-1 loss to the Impact. Brek Shea canceled out Bojan's early strike to level, but Maxi Urruti put Montreal back in front 10 minutes from full time and when a late penalty shout went unanswered, Gonzalo Higuain was shown a post-match red card for "offensive, insulting and abusive language," and he'll miss this critical match to suspension.
"The first 25 minutes we struggled to understand the game. It was a match structured in a way that we should have been attacking with crosses from the outside," Diego Alonso said through a translator after the game. "We didn't shoot a lot, but we had many opportunities to cross the ball and create those chances. We weren't able to execute those, but later on we were creating opportunities wide, which makes the opponent open up their defense and that allows us to generate more chances through the middle as well."
Orlando City SC
Despite conceding a late equalizer Sunday night at Red Bull Arena, Orlando made history by clinching a playoff berth for the first time in club history following a 1-1 draw against the New York Red Bulls, coupled with Toronto FC's win over Atlanta United. Rookie of the Year candidate Daryl Dike, who drew a penalty that Nani converted to put the Lions in front, said his team isn't satisfied with just being in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs.
“We've put ourselves in a good position,” Dike said after the match. “Obviously we just made the playoffs today, but I think we're going to carry on. The goal wasn't just playoffs. We're not done now. We just keep going and keep going. We want three points every single game and we want to finish the highest in the table. That's the main goal.”
- Inter Miami: 1 win, 5 goals
- Orlando City SC: 2 wins, 6 goals
- 0 draws