After three weeks at the “bubble”, Inter Miami CF heads back to Fort Lauderdale empty-handed.
Inter Miami came into Monday’s 9 a.m. matchup versus New York City FC having taken four straight losses. And a 64th-minute goal by Ismael Tajouri-Shradi made it five consecutive defeats.
Inter Miami’s 1-0 loss to New York City FC effectively eliminate them from the MLS is Back Tournament at the ESPN Complex at Walt Disney World. It marked the first game of the tournament that Miami was held scoreless and arguably their worst performance in the three group stage matches.
In the first half, Inter Miami (0-5-0, 0-3-0) was able to create two good chances. Juan Agudelo’s header from a cross was forced wide by the goalkeeper in the 10th minute. Twenty-five minutes later, Nicolas Figal’s header from a set-piece was saved nicely to keep it scoreless at the half.
Inter Miami didn’t allow a shot on goal for over an hour but when they did it resulted in the decisive goal. Right after the first hydration break of the second half, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi converted after a ball over the top by Alexandru Mitrita set up a 1 v 1 opportunity versus Luis Robles.
In the 72nd minute, Robles made an impressive save on a shot from Keaton Parks to keep Inter Miami’s hopes alive.
Inter Miami’s best chance after that came in the 84th minute after Lee Nguyen found Rodolfo Pizarro in space in the box but the shot was blocked.
There was a controversial moment in the first half after Juan Agudelo received a yellow card for a sliding tackle where it appeared no contact was made. In the 90th minute, Agudelo tallied his second yellow after charging into a defender during a free-kick.
When will Inter Miami play again? There’s still no clear plan.
The league is yet to announce a schedule for the rest of the regular season, and that could be set back with the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic. As of now, sixteen teams will advance to a single-elimination playoff, with the final scheduled for August 11.