It may be a familiar scoreline to Inter Miami CF fans as their team was defeated 2-1 in the second game of the MLS is Back Tournament on Tuesday night in an entertaining game versus the Philadelphia Union.
The game was more aesthetically pleasing but the results were the same and Inter Miami lost their fourth game in a row to start their inaugural campaign.
Things got off to a rough start for Inter Miami on as the Union struck early. Kai Wagner provided the first goal with a shot from outside the box in the fifth minute.
Miami slowly played themselves back into the game by controlling possession and in the 22nd minute, Julián Carranza nearly leveled the score. It appeared his shot was miss-hit, resulting in a weaker than expected effort that was saved nicely by Andre Blake.
The breakthrough for Inter Miami came on the counter attack in the 36th minute after Rodolfo Pizzaro finished off a nice counter attack.
Lewis Morgan carried the ball from behind midfield and exchanged a textbook give and go with Pizzaro near the top of the box. After receiving the ball back, Morgan played the ball to the left side to Matias Pelligerini, whose cross found Pizzaro and he finished off the attack calmly.
The momentum didn’t stop at the halftime break. In the first five minutes of the second half, Inter Miami had two chances. The first was after Carranza timed a run perfectly but a heavy touch ruined his 1 v 1 chance. The second required an outstretched save from Blake as Morgan directed a shot from outside the box towards the bottom corner.
While Inter Miami continued to pour numbers forward, Philadelphia caught them with a counter attack that was finished by Kacper Przybylkoin the 63rd minute. This gave them the 2-1 lead that ended up being the final score.
In the 75th minute the referee awarded Inter Miami a penalty kick but that decision was overturned after a lengthy review.
Inter Miami kept on creating chances, including a header by Roman Torres that hit the crossbar, but they were unable to find a late equalizer.
Can Inter Miami Still Advance?
Inter Miami chances of advancement in the tournament are looking bleak. If they win their next match, they must hope that two other third-place teams draw two matches and lose. If there is another third-place team tied with three points, the first tiebreaker is goal difference. The next tiebreaker is goals scored and the final tie-breaker is disciplinary points.
They’ll have to win their next match without defender Andres Reyes, who picked up his second yellow card of the match in the waning moments of the game. The two yellows resulted in a red card which means he’ll be suspended for their next game against New York City FC.
Inter Miami returns to the pitch for what could be their last match of the MLS Is Back Tournament on Monday, July 20 vs. New York City FC at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN Deportes in the United States; TSN in Canada.