LOS ANGELES, Ca. (FNN SPORTS) – Debuting for their first Major League Soccer match in club history, Inter Miami put up a strong fight against perennial MLS cup contenders Los Angeles FC. The battle brought pure excitement in Los Angeles Sunday at Banc of California Stadium with a few close score attempts by Miami. LAFC forward and team captain Carlos Vela’s goal earned them a win against MLS’s newest expansion.
Despite their loss today against Los Angeles FC 1-0, Inter Miami definitely will go down in the books as the team that played for a sold-out national televised event with 22,121 total attendees and 300 diehard Inter Miami CF fans–who definitely have something to celebrate because this team has the heart and the intensity to compete.
Inter Miami CF Starting XI:
- Robles (goalkeep), A. Powell, R. Torres, N. Nigel, B. Sweat, V. Ulloa, W. Trapp, L. Morgan, R. Pizarro, M. Pelligrini, R. Robinson
Los Angeles FC Starting XI:
- Vermeer (goalkeep), J. Harvey, E. Segura, D. Jakovic, T. Blackmon, M. Kaye, F. Ginella, L. Blessing, C. Vela, D. Rossi, B. Rodriguez
First Half Action
44th minute: LAFC goal by C. Vela; Stricker #10
Halftime: LAFC 1 – 0 Inter Miami
Second Half Action
60th minute: Yellow Card – E. Atuesta; LAFC: midfielder #20
63rd minute: Yellow Card – V. Ulloa; INTER Miami midfielder #13
66th minute: Yellow Card – A. Powell; INTER Miami defender #2
81st minute: Yellow Card – J Harvey; LAFC defender #2
83rd minute: Yellow Card – J. Agudelo; INTER Miami stricker #12
End Match Time: 90 +7’
Vela’s strong plays, along with four big first half saves, nailed LAFC’s victory. Inter Miami CF midfielder Rodolfo Pizarro was worth every penny spent, playing a great game Sunday.
Inter Miami fell short Sunday, but has a promising roster of veterans and young Latin players that above all have heart and intensity to compete as they displayed today.
“It was a great game. We played with a lot of heart against an excellent team, and I loved what I saw,” Inter Miami CF head coach Diego Alonso said. “We had a few clear chances. We are improving to do, but if we keep playing with this heart and intensity, we will do great things this season.”
As the journey continues, Inter Miami CF will be a strong contender in its inaugural year with the MLS, leaving fans excited for the 33 games to come. And, even more excited for the two key roster spots left to fill, this team can only get better.