Preview: Toronto FC take their talents to South Beach
Toronto FC will take on Inter Miami in a crucial Eastern Conference game on Saturday night.
After dropping points at home to a team ahead of them in the standings, Team Toronto must recognize the importance of a game against another group battling for the playoffs.
Domenico Criscito’s second-half stunner against the Revolution on Wednesday night gave the Reds a decent, but not ideal result. With just eight games to play and some ground to make up for, turning draws into wins will be of utmost importance at the end of the regular season.
Toronto were the better team at home in this last 2-2 draw, but couldn’t convert their chances. Dominating on aggregate shots 19-6, the Reds failed to capitalize on their opportunities. Ayo Akinola had the chance to play from the start in place of Jesus Jimenez but couldn’t find the back of the net.
Bob Bradley should expect more from whoever plays between Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernardeschi. Both Italian wingers (especially Bernardeschi), sent quality ball after quality ball into the penalty area against New England, to no real effect.
Currently on a four-game unbeaten streak, attention now turns to another team that hasn’t lost in four, Inter Miami CF. TFC will face Phil Neville’s Inter Miami for the first time this season, as both sides look to extend their strong league run.
Toronto FC will have their work cut out for them against a group they don’t have much luck against. TFC have beaten Inter Miami once in four attempts, claiming the only win in their first-ever game against the club in November 2020.
The boys in red will face a familiar face in Florida. 2020 MLS MVP Alejandro Pozuelo will be out for revenge on Saturday night as he plays his former side for the first time after being traded to Miami in July.
The Spanish playmaker seems to have embraced his new surroundings and looks brilliant in the Sunshine State. The TFC centurion has two goals and three assists in his new club’s four unbeaten run. Pozuelo is also the latest MLS Player of the Week following his brace and assist in the win over New York City FC in Miami’s last game.
Pozuelo’s arrival has seemingly allowed Gonzalo Higuain to find his best self. The Argentine has scored five goals in six appearances since Pozuelo’s debut at Inter Miami, including a hat-trick in a 4-4 draw with FC Cincinnati.
- Toronto FC have lost three in a row against Inter Miami
- Only five clubs have a worse goal difference than Inter Miami’s -9
InterMiami: caller; Gibbs, Lowe, McVey; Jones, Mota, Gregore, Ulloa, Yedlin, Pozuelo, Higuain
Toronto FC: Bono; Criscito, Mavinga, MacNaughton, Laryea; Nelson, Bradley, Osorio; Badge, Akinola, Bernardeschi
Opponent: Inter Miami
Kick-off time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Stadium: DRV PNK Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.